UK [ˈdaʊnˌɡreɪd] / US verb [transitive]
Word forms "downgrade":
present tense I/you/we/they downgrade he/she/it downgrades present participle downgrading past tense downgraded past participle downgraded
1) to treat something in a way that shows that you think it is now less important than it was

The United States had no intention of downgrading its relations with China.

2) to move someone to a job that is less important and has less pay, or to change a job so that it is less important and has less pay
3) to give someone a lower mark for an examination than they received at first

Derived word:
UK / US noun countable
Word forms "downgrade":
singular downgrade plural downgrades

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