downgrade


1down·grade

noun \ˈdan-ˌgrād\

: an area or surface that goes downward : a downward slope

: an occurrence in which something becomes worse, less valuable, etc.

Full Definition of DOWNGRADE

1
:  a downward grade (as of a road)
2
:  a descent toward an inferior state <a career on the downgrade>

Examples of DOWNGRADE

  1. a downgrade in the company's stock prices
  2. <a singing career on the downgrade>

First Known Use of DOWNGRADE

1857

2downgrade

verb

: to give (someone or something) a lower rank or grade

: to cause (someone or something) to be thought of as less valuable, important, etc.

Full Definition of DOWNGRADE

transitive verb
1
:  to lower in quality, value, status, or extent

Examples of DOWNGRADE

  1. The restaurant was downgraded from three to two stars.
  2. She didn't intend to downgrade the importance of her colleague's work.

First Known Use of DOWNGRADE

1930

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