Definition of demote
1 : to reduce to a lower grade or rank <demote a student> <was demoted from major to captain>
2 : to relegate to a less important position <a pitcher demoted to the bullpen>
demotionplay \-ˈmō-shən\ noun
Examples of demote in a sentence
Teachers can choose to demote a student to a lower grade.
The army major was demoted to captain.
Origin and Etymology of demote
de- + -mote (as in promote)
First Known Use: circa 1891
DEMOTE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of demote for English Language Learners
: to change the rank or position of (someone) to a lower or less important one
DEMOTE Defined for Kids
Definition of demote for Students
: to reduce to a lower grade or rank <He was demoted to private.>
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