Meaning of “demote” in the English Dictionary

(Definition of “demote” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"demote" in American English

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demoteverb [ T ]

us /dɪˈmoʊt/

to lower someone in rank or position:

The department is planning to demote some managers as a cost-saving measure.
noun [ C/U ] us /dɪˈmoʊ·ʃən/

[ U ] He faces possible demotion.

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"demote" in Business English

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demoteverb [ T ]

uk /dɪˈməʊt/ us

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.


(Definition of “demote” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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