demote

[ dih-moht ]
/ dɪˈmoʊt /
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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.

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Origin of demote

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

OTHER WORDS FROM demote

de·mo·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for demote

demote
/ (dɪˈməʊt) /

verb

(tr) to lower in rank or position; relegate

Derived forms of demote

demotion, noun

Word Origin for demote

C19: from de- + (pro) mote
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