de·​mote | \ di-ˈmōt How to pronounce demote (audio) , ˌdē- \
demoted; demoting

Definition of demote

transitive verb

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

Other Words from demote

demotion \ di-​ˈmō-​shən How to pronounce demote (audio) , ˌdē-​ \ noun

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Examples of demote in a Sentence

Teachers can choose to demote a student to a lower grade. The army major was demoted to captain.
Recent Examples on the Web By opening up the algorithm that Twitter uses, those on the platform can see how Twitter decides to demote or promote material and potentially make suggestions on that code. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 25 Apr. 2022 The corresponding move with Ahmed’s activation was to demote Yonny Hernandez, who the Diamondbacks traded for earlier this month. Theo Mackie, The Arizona Republic, 22 Apr. 2022 The same papers that once speculated about Mr. Sunak as a prime minister in waiting now question whether Mr. Johnson will demote him in a cabinet shuffle. New York Times, 10 Apr. 2022 After considering his response, Kendall decided to demote him to technical sergeant and grant his request to retire. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, 9 Mar. 2022 Ryder’s memo, which veteran legal observers called rare, was a reaction to Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall III’s decision to demote Master Sgt. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, 14 Mar. 2022 If a breach of discipline is confirmed, authorities in Beijing have told Lam to either suspend, demote or even dismiss the officials, the South China Morning Post newspaper reported Monday. Iain Marlow, Fortune, 11 Jan. 2022 Artie Blanco, a Rules and Bylaws Committee member from Nevada, made a pitch for her own state that was an implicit contrast with Iowa, which committee members appeared poised to demote. Eric Bradner And Ethan Cohen, CNN, 11 Mar. 2022 While there’s been an internal push to demote him to the second unit, Vogel has resisted the push. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 11 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of demote

circa 1891, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for demote

de- + -mote (as in promote)

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The first known use of demote was circa 1891

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11 May 2022

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“Demote.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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de·​mote | \ di-ˈmōt How to pronounce demote (audio) \
demoted; demoting

Kids Definition of demote

: to reduce to a lower grade or rank He was demoted to private.

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