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.
Recent Examples of demote from the Web
RANGERS DEMOTE EX-CLOSER Sam Dyson has been designated for assignment by the Texas Rangers after his latest loss.
Dyson, the former closer who was demoted after a disastrous start to the season, never regained his effectiveness and took the loss Wednesday night after allowing two home runs in the 10th innings.
MIAMI - Maikel Franco's slump, which was not snapped by a two-game benching last week, may force the Phillies to demote him to the minor leagues.
Firing her husband -- or publicly demoting him -- is a sure-fire recipe to break that most important bond for Donald Trump.
Despite being the best performing reliever in the Rainiers’ bullpen with a 2-0 record, three saves and 1.89 ERA in 15 appearances, Harper was being told he was demoted to Class AA Arkansas for a short time.
Key was suspended without pay for 30 days and demoted from corporal to corrections officer in connection with the database incident, according to a copy of his May 15 disciplinary letter.
Pounders, recalled from triple-A before the game, was demoted to the same location immediately afterward.
Demoting reading from its privileged position in the school curriculum is only one of many consequences of Knowledge Machines.
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Origin and Etymology of demote
de- + -mote (as in promote)
First Known Use: circa 1891See Words from the same year
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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