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downgrade

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noun down·grade \ˈdau̇n-ˌgrād\

Simple Definition of downgrade

  • : 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. 1 :  a downward grade (as of a road)

  2. 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>



1857

First Known Use of downgrade

1857


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downgrade

verb down·grade

Simple Definition of downgrade

  • : 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

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to lower in quality, value, status, or extent

  3. 2 :  minimize, depreciate

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.



1930

First Known Use of downgrade

1930


DOWNGRADE Defined for Kids

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downgrade

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noun down·grade \ˈdau̇n-ˌgrād\

Definition of downgrade

  1. :  a downward slope (as of a road) <I lost my brakes on the downgrade.>




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downgrade

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verb down·grade

Definition of downgrade

down·grad·eddown·grad·ing

  1. :  to lower in grade, rank, position, or standing <The hurricane was downgraded to a tropical storm.>





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