[ doun-greyd ]
See synonyms for: downgradedowngrading on

  1. a downward slope, especially of a road.

adjective, adverb
verb (used with object),down·grad·ed, down·grad·ing.
  1. to assign to a lower status with a smaller salary.

  2. to minimize the importance of; denigrate: She tried to downgrade the findings of the investigation.

  1. to assign a lower security classification to (information, a document, etc.).

Idioms about downgrade

  1. on the downgrade, in a decline toward an inferior state or position: His career has been on the downgrade.

Origin of downgrade

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60; down1 + grade

Other words from downgrade

  • downgrader, noun

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How to use downgrade in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for downgrade


/ (ˈdaʊnˌɡreɪd) /

  1. to reduce in importance, esteem, or value, esp to demote (a person) to a poorer job

  2. to speak of disparagingly

  1. mainly US and Canadian a downward slope, esp in a road

  2. on the downgrade waning in importance, popularity, health, etc

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