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

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The wheels are then derated to – that is, run at – 50 percent of maximum speed. Charles Platt, WIRED, "Re-Energizer," 1 May 2000

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First Known Use of derate

1947, in the meaning defined above

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