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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In Morocco, for example, the credit rating downgrade may force the government to scrap plans to expand healthcare spending during the pandemic. Ramya Vijaya, Quartz, "Covid-19 further exposes inequalities in the global financial system," 17 Dec. 2020 Officially, the PlayStation 5 doesn't include a Web browser, marking an apparent software downgrade from the PlayStation 4. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "The PlayStation 5 has a hidden Web browser; here’s how to find it," 11 Nov. 2020 The rating company revised the outlook to stable, completing the review for downgrade started in March. Paul Abelsky, Bloomberg.com, "Kuwait Gets First Moody’s Downgrade Over ‘Liquidity Risks’," 23 Sep. 2020 Some fund managers see big-name borrowers who have good relationships with creditors as a good long-term buy even if their bonds are at risk of a short-term downgrade. Heather Gillers, WSJ, "Risk Creeps Into Municipal Bond Market, Yet Prices Stay High," 4 Sep. 2020 In its final polling analysis, FiveThirtyEight founder Nate Silver said his team's 2020 national forecast featured a last-minute downgrade that serves as a modicum of good news for President Trump. Daniel Chaitin, Washington Examiner, "Biden loses 'clearly favored' rating from Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight at last minute," 3 Nov. 2020 The downgrade came in the wake of massive stimulus measures that—while designed to combat the economic fallout from the pandemic—have rapidly expanded the government’s deficit. Rey Mashayekhi, Fortune, "A disputed election could cost the U.S. its ‘AAA’ credit rating," 13 Oct. 2020 Robert Mujica, budget director for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, called the downgrade evidence that the nation’s state and local governments need half a trillion dollars in aid from Congress to make up for the hit from the pandemic. Heather Gillers, WSJ, "Moody’s Downgrades New York State, New York City Credit Ratings," 2 Oct. 2020 In contrast, the new courthouse is a bit of a downgrade for judges. oregonlive, "After decades of trying, Multnomah County opens a $324 million new, spacious, seismically safer courthouse," 4 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Those numbers also downgrade Oregon’s performance compared to other states to 46th slowest in administering Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, according to data compiled by Bloomberg Tuesday. oregonlive, "Oregon officials outline plan to up snail’s pace of COVID-19 vaccinations," 5 Jan. 2021 Among them, calls to shut down its Al-Jazeera news outlet, close a Turkish base and downgrade ties with Iran. Saphora Smith, NBC News, "Saudi Arabia lifts blockade of Qatar in breakthrough agreement easing Gulf crisis," 5 Jan. 2021 The president-elect blamed Mr. Trump for an insufficient focus on cybersecurity, noting the elimination two years ago of a White House cybersecurity coordinator position and another effort to downgrade cybersecurity efforts at the State Department. Dustin Volz, WSJ, "Biden Vows Forceful Response to Suspected Russian Hack of Government Agencies," 22 Dec. 2020 The risk of further delays to MGM’s slate and its large debt load led S&P Global Ratings last month to downgrade the company’s credit rating to B from B+. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, "At James Bond studio MGM, questions mount about the company’s direction," 25 Nov. 2020 In New Jersey, lawmakers amended a cannabis bill on Thursday to include language that will downgrade penalties for possessing up to an ounce of mushrooms. NBC News, "Psychedelics as health and wellness aid? Not a hallucination," 15 Nov. 2020 Pension costs have weighed on the city’s credit rating for years, which partly spurred Moody’s Investors Service to downgrade the city to junk in 2015. Shruti Singh, Bloomberg.com, "Chicago Poised for Painful Choices to Close Record Budget Gap," 21 Oct. 2020 These people said the preferential treatment has undercut Facebook’s own efforts to curb misinformation, in particular the technologies put in place to downgrade problematic actors. Washington Post, "Trump allies, largely unconstrained by Facebook’s rules against repeated falsehoods, cement pre-election dominance," 31 Oct. 2020 Morgan Stanley became the latest bank to downgrade its growth outlook because of the slimming chance of another stimulus bill this year. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "Stocks rally on hopes for a stimulus package," 28 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of downgrade was in 1847

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“Downgrade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/downgrade. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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More Definitions for downgrade

downgrade

noun

English Language Learners Definition of downgrade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

chiefly US
: an area or surface that goes downward : a downward slope
: an occurrence in which something becomes worse, less valuable, etc.

downgrade

verb

English Language Learners Definition of downgrade (Entry 2 of 2)

: to give (someone or something) a lower rank or grade
: to cause (someone or something) to be thought of as less valuable, important, etc.

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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