verb de·mote \di-ˈmōt, ˌdē-\

: to change the rank or position of (someone) to a lower or less important one


Full Definition of DEMOTE

transitive verb
:  to reduce to a lower grade or rank
:  to relegate to a less important position
de·mo·tion \-ˈmō-shən\ noun

Examples of DEMOTE

  1. Teachers can choose to demote a student to a lower grade.
  2. The army major was demoted to captain.

Origin of DEMOTE

de- + -mote (as in promote)
First Known Use: circa 1891


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