Definition of downgrade in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈdaʊngreɪd
, daʊnˈgreɪd
[with object]
  • Reduce to a lower grade, rank, or level of importance: some jobs had gradually been downgraded from skilled to semi-skilled
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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.
    demote, lower, lower in status, reduce/lower in rank, reduce in importance; relegate
    North American informal bust
    archaic degrade
    disparage, denigrate, detract from, run down, decry, belittle, make light of, minimize, defame
    North American informal bad-mouth


Pronunciation: /ˈdaʊngreɪd
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  • 1An instance of reducing someone or something’s rank, status, or level of importance: downgrades by debt-rating agencies outnumber upgrades by five to one
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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 on a railway or road: a steep downgrade for which he had to put the car in second
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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.


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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