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English definition of “downgrade”

downgrade

verb [T]     /ˌdaʊnˈɡreɪd/
to reduce someone or something to a lower rank or position, or to cause something to be considered less important or valuable: My job's been downgraded to that of ordinary editor. We mustn't let management downgrade the importance of safety at work. → Compare upgrade verbPromoting, demoting and transferring staffDeteriorating and making worse
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