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English definition of “demote”

demote

verb [T]     /dɪˈməʊt/
HR to move someone to a less senior job than the one they had before: demote sb from/to sth Her manager demoted her from her job as a supervisor .demote sb for sth Sources said he was demoted for violation of departmental rules .
to move a company , team , etc. to a lower place in a list because it has performed badly : demote sth from/to sth The company was demoted from the FTSE 1000 after its shares slumped 13p to 34p.
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