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

transitive verb

: to reduce to a lower grade or rank
demote a student
was demoted from major to captain
: to relegate to a less important position
a pitcher demoted to the bullpen
demotion 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.
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Word History


de- + -mote (as in promote)

First Known Use

circa 1891, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of demote was circa 1891

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“Demote.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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de·​mote di-ˈmōt How to pronounce demote (audio)
demoted; demoting
: to reduce to a lower grade or rank
demotion noun

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