[ 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.
Related formsde·mo·tion, noun
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Examples from the Web for demote
Obama or Congress could demote or impeach Jaczko within the next year; either move would be highly unprecedented.Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Greg Jaczko's Controversial Reign|Daniel Stone|December 14, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Billy Kasker wandered off for a few moments and I had to demote him.Be It Ever Thus|Robert Moore Williams
British Dictionary definitions for demote
/ (dɪˈməʊt) /
(tr) to lower in rank or position; relegate
Derived Formsdemotion, noun
Word Origin for demote
C19: from de- + (pro) mote
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