Definition of demote in English:

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demote

Pronunciation: /dēˈmōt/

verb

[with object]
Give (someone) a lower rank or less senior position, usually as a punishment: the head of the army was demoted to deputy defense secretary
More example sentences
  • This must have been nearly as shocking as that dark day lost in history when she was demoted from her position as milk monitor at primary school.
  • Last year the team was demoted from senior ranks but are back up again.
  • I can't believe they're demoting her to a lower class soldier!
Synonyms
downgrade, relegate, declass, reduce in rank;
depose, unseat, displace, oust;
Military  cashier

Origin

Late 19th century: from de- 'down' + a shortened form of promote.

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