derate

verb
de·​rate | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈrāt How to pronounce derate (audio) \
derated; derating; derates

Definition of derate

transitive verb

: to lower the rated capability of (something, such as an electrical or mechanical apparatus) because of deterioration or inadequacy

Examples of derate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2014, Jalopnik's Rob Holland tried taking a Model S around the track, only for the battery to derate about three minutes in. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 6 Sep. 2019 The wheels are then derated to – that is, run at – 50 percent of maximum speed. Charles Platt, WIRED, 1 May 2000

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First Known Use of derate

1947, in the meaning defined above

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“Derate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/derate. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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