verb (used with object), down·grad·ed, down·grad·ing.
Related formsdown·grad·er, noun
Examples from the Web for downgrade
"The Uri Blau conviction as part of a plea bargain alone merits a downgrade," said Omer-Man.
I did The Girlfriend Experience on film and Entourage on television, and to downgrade from that would be silly.Hollywood’s Favorite Ex–Porn Star: A Chat With Sasha Grey|Marlow Stern|February 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
One ratings agency is threatening to downgrade the U.S. if we go over the fiscal cliff.The U.S. Credit Rating Might Get Downgraded Again, But Does Anyone Care?|Matthew Zeitlin|November 14, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The downgrade probably scores short-term political points for both leaders.
Typically, that means there is an even possibility that it will downgrade the credit of these countries within 90 days.Standard & Poor’s and Other Ratings Agencies Must End Their Power Trip|Zachary Karabell|January 12, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Having shot his last fireball, Shann ran swiftly to take up a new position, downgrade and to the east of the domes.Storm Over Warlock|Andre Norton
In the general ferment, commercial honesty had been on the downgrade.Ten Tudor Statesmen|Arthur D. Innes
The inference is obvious: that the Monarchists are on the upgrade, and the Republicans on the downgrade.France and the Republic|William Henry Hurlbert
As she hesitated, trying to decide which way to go, she felt her skis slipping along a downgrade where none should have been.Behind the Green Door|Mildred A. Wirt
There is no downgrade in normal youth; it is its nature to climb, to look up.The Victorious Attitude|Orison Swett Marden