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demote Line breaks: de¦mote
Pronunciation: /diːˈməʊt/

Definition of demote in English:


[with object]
Move (someone) to a lower position or rank, usually as a punishment: the head of the army was demoted to deputy defence 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!
downgrade, relegate, declass, move down, lower in rank, reduce in rank, strip of rank, reduce to the ranks;
depose, unseat, dethrone, displace, oust, drum out, remove from office;
Military  cashier, disrate;
North American  bust


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

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