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downgrade

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noun down·grade \ˈdau̇n-ˌgrād\

Definition of downgrade

  1. 1 :  a downward grade (as of a road)

  2. 2 :  a descent toward an inferior state a career on the downgrade

Examples of downgrade in a sentence

  1. a downgrade in the company's stock prices

  2. a singing career on the downgrade

1857

First Known Use of downgrade

1857


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downgrade

verb down·grade

Definition of downgrade

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to lower in quality, value, status, or extent

  3. 2 :  minimize, depreciate

Examples of downgrade in a sentence

  1. The restaurant was downgraded from three to two stars.

  2. She didn't intend to downgrade the importance of her colleague's work.

1930

First Known Use of downgrade

1930


DOWNGRADE Defined for English Language Learners

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downgrade

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noun down·grade \ˈdau̇n-ˌgrād\

Definition of downgrade for English Language Learners

  • : an area or surface that goes downward : a downward slope

  • : an occurrence in which something becomes worse, less valuable, etc.


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downgrade

verb down·grade

Definition of downgrade for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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downgrade

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noun down·grade \ˈdau̇n-ˌgrād\

Definition of downgrade for Students

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


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downgrade

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verb down·grade

Definition of downgrade for Students

downgraded

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downgrading

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



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