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demote

verb [T]     /dɪˈməʊt/ US  /-ˈmoʊt/
to lower someone or something in rank or position: The captain was demoted (to sergeant) for failing to fulfil his duties. → Opposite promotePromoting, demoting and transferring staff demotion     /-ˈməʊ.ʃən/ US  /-ˈmoʊ.ʃən/ noun [C or U] Promoting, demoting and transferring staff
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