demote

[ dih-moht ]
/ dɪˈmoʊt /

verb (used with object), de·mot·ed, de·mot·ing.

to reduce to a lower grade, rank, class, or position (opposed to promote): They demoted the careless waiter to busboy.

Nearby words

  1. demoralize,
  2. demoralizing,
  3. demos,
  4. demoscene,
  5. demosthenes,
  6. demothball,
  7. demotic,
  8. demotion,
  9. demotivate,
  10. demount

Origin of demote

An Americanism dating back to 1890–95; de- + (pro)mote

Related formsde·mo·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for demote

demote

/ (dɪˈməʊt) /

verb

(tr) to lower in rank or position; relegate
Derived Formsdemotion, noun

Word Origin for demote

C19: from de- + (pro) mote

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