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downgrade

[doun-greyd] /ˈdaʊnˌgreɪd/
noun
1.
a downward slope, especially of a road.
adjective, adverb
2.
verb (used with object), downgraded, downgrading.
3.
to assign to a lower status with a smaller salary.
4.
to minimize the importance of; denigrate:
She tried to downgrade the findings of the investigation.
5.
to assign a lower security classification to (information, a document, etc.).
Idioms
6.
on the downgrade, in a decline toward an inferior state or position:
His career has been on the downgrade.
Origin of downgrade
1855-1860
An Americanism dating back to 1855-60; down1 + grade
Related forms
downgrader, noun
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downgrade

/ˈdaʊnˌɡreɪd/
verb (transitive)
1.
to reduce in importance, esteem, or value, esp to demote (a person) to a poorer job
2.
to speak of disparagingly
noun
3.
(mainly US & Canadian) a downward slope, esp in a road
4.
on the downgrade, waning in importance, popularity, health, etc
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Word Origin and History for downgrade

1858 (n.), 1930 (v.), from down (adv.) + grade.

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