Definition of demote
- demote a student
- was demoted from major to captain
- a pitcher demoted to the bullpen
Teachers can choose to demote a student to a lower grade.
The army major was demoted to captain.
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First Known Use: circa 1891See Words from the same year
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to lessen the seriousness or strength of
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