- a downward slope, especially of a road.
- to assign to a lower status with a smaller salary.
- to minimize the importance of; denigrate: She tried to downgrade the findings of the investigation.
- to assign a lower security classification to (information, a document, etc.).
- on the downgrade, in a decline toward an inferior state or position: His career has been on the downgrade.
Origin of downgrade
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Examples from the Web for downgrade
"The Uri Blau conviction as part of a plea bargain alone merits a downgrade," said Omer-Man.Is The Israeli Press Only "Partly Free"?
May 10, 2013
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
February 15, 2013
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?
November 14, 2012
The downgrade probably scores short-term political points for both leaders.Is Egypt an Ally of the U.S.?
September 16, 2012
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
January 12, 2012
"Not enough to keep him from skiddin' on a downgrade," said Mormon.Rimrock Trail
J. Allan Dunn
There is no downgrade in normal youth; it is its nature to climb, to look up.The Victorious Attitude
Orison Swett Marden
In the general ferment, commercial honesty had been on the downgrade.Ten Tudor Statesmen
Arthur D. Innes
It had no brakes, and fearing failure of the transmission on a downgrade, he was reluctant to ride in the machine.
The car was moving at a relatively slow speed—but still over fifty miles an hour, on a narrow unpaved, downgrade road.The Telenizer
- to reduce in importance, esteem, or value, esp to demote (a person) to a poorer job
- to speak of disparagingly
- mainly US and Canadian a downward slope, esp in a road
- on the downgrade waning in importance, popularity, health, etc
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Word Origin and History for downgrade
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