Definition of downgrade in English:

downgrade

Syllabification: down·grade
Pronunciation: /ˈdounˌgrād
 
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verb

[with object] (usually be downgraded)
Reduce to a lower grade, rank, or level of importance: some jobs had gradually been downgraded from skilled to semiskilled
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  • By upgrading the importance of other factors he downgraded the importance of economic growth in the development process.
  • Evacuees were not paying council tax and some bandings had been downgraded, reducing the amount of rates collected.
  • However, under this legislation we have downgraded safety to the same level as sustainability.
Synonyms
demote, lower, reduce/lower in rank; relegatedisparage, denigrate, detract from, run down, belittle
informal badmouth, dis

noun

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1An instance of reducing someone or something’s rank, status, or level of importance.
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  • A later rating by rival Moody's Investors Service kept Ford's debt rating at investment-grade status, the S&P downgrades shocked the corporate bond market.
  • The code of conduct threatens penalties ranging from administrative sanctions and temporary suspension of duty, to rank downgrades and dismissal.
  • With no suitable alternative location being offered by the Council the removal of the taxi rank is a downgrade in the taxi service of Ballina.
2North American A downward gradient, typically on a railroad track or road.
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  • This was the original Montreal-Toronto mainline (legally the Ontario & Quebec Railway) and a roller coaster of upgrades and downgrades.
  • On steeper downgrades, a higher acceleration will be achievable through the assistance of gravity.
  • Soon after they resumed, the road crested a hill and began switching back and forth sharply, for the downgrade was very steep.

Phrases

on the downgrade

North American In decline: profits are on the downgrade
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  • Another good bet to pick out now is Moscow Flyer in the Queen Mother - he has always convinced as a class act and also because most of his opponents are old stars on the downgrade.
  • Optus's parent Singtel fell three per cent on the downgrade news and Telstra was down half a per cent or two cents to $4.46.
  • Placed twice in this in the past but tailed off last year and looks on the downgrade nowadays.

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