downgrade

noun
down·​grade | \ ˈdau̇n-ˌgrād How to pronounce downgrade (audio) \

Definition of downgrade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a downward grade (as of a road)
2 : a descent toward an inferior state a career on the downgrade

downgrade

verb
downgraded; downgrading; downgrades

Definition of downgrade (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to lower in quality, value, status, or extent

Examples of downgrade in a Sentence

Noun a downgrade in the company's stock prices a singing career on the downgrade Verb The restaurant was downgraded from three to two stars. She didn't intend to downgrade the importance of her colleague's work.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Some local health experts have called the downgrade premature. Dasl Yoon, WSJ, 25 Apr. 2022 The small downgrade reflected a smaller increase in consumer spending and fewer exports, the Commerce Department said. Christopher Rugaber, ajc, 30 Mar. 2022 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said lawmakers would pass legislation to formalize the trade downgrade. Arkansas Online, 12 Mar. 2022 The downgrade decision follows the country’s largest outbreak. Dasl Yoon, WSJ, 25 Apr. 2022 The World Bank came out of the Easter break yesterday with some bad news: a global growth downgrade. Alan Murray, Fortune, 19 Apr. 2022 On the down side, Jesse Winker’s move from Cincinnati to Seattle is perhaps the worst downgrade in home parks. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, 30 Mar. 2022 And yet, the Colts got a massive downgrade in value from Washington. Matthew Vantryon, The Indianapolis Star, 10 Mar. 2022 Also, analysts believe that the company seems to be in the midst of a multi-year earnings downgrade cycle, with its portfolio being significantly underweight Beyond Beer. Trefis Team, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb President Joe Biden announced that the U.S. will dramatically downgrade its trade status with Russia and ban imports of Russian seafood, alcohol and diamonds. Mstyslav Chernov And Yuras Karmanau, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Mar. 2022 President Joe Biden announced Friday that the U.S. will downgrade its trade status with Russia as punishment for its invasion of Ukraine and also ban imports of Russian seafood, alcohol and diamonds. Arkansas Online, 12 Mar. 2022 President Joe Biden announced that the U.S. will dramatically downgrade its trade status with Russia and also ban imports of Russian seafood, alcohol and diamonds. Yuras Karmanau, ajc, 12 Mar. 2022 President Joe Biden announces the U.S. and its allies will dramatically downgrade its trade status with Russia as punishment for its invasion of Ukraine. Skyler Swisher, orlandosentinel.com, 11 Mar. 2022 Moody's Analytics will most likely downgrade its US economic forecast in the coming days, Zandi said in a phone interview, due to the one-two punch from the worsening pandemic and Senator Joe Manchin's opposition to Build Back Better. Matt Egan, CNN, 20 Dec. 2021 Tax cuts and economic malaise hit government revenue, prompting rating agencies to downgrade Sri Lanka’s credit rating to near default levels – meaning the country lost access to overseas markets. Rukshana Rizwie, CNN, 15 Apr. 2022 That prompted rating agencies to downgrade Sri Lanka to near default levels, meaning the country lost access to overseas markets. Jessie Yeung, CNN, 5 Apr. 2022 The lawyer later negotiated with the District Attorney to downgrade her client's charges to disorderly conduct, leading to the current plea deal. Vanessa Etienne, PEOPLE.com, 17 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of downgrade

Noun

1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1892, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Downgrade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/downgrade. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for downgrade

downgrade

noun
down·​grade | \ ˈdau̇n-ˌgrād How to pronounce downgrade (audio) \

Kids Definition of downgrade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a downward slope (as of a road) I lost my brakes on the downgrade.

downgrade

verb
downgraded; downgrading

Kids Definition of downgrade (Entry 2 of 2)

: to lower in grade, rank, position, or standing The hurricane was downgraded to a tropical storm.

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