demote
transitive verb (demoted; demoting) Etymology: de- + -mote (as in promote) Date: circa 1891 1. to reduce to a lower grade or rank 2. to relegate to a less important positiondemotion noun

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  • demote — de‧mote [dɪˈməʊt ǁ ˈmoʊt] verb [transitive] HUMAN RESOURCES to give someone a job with a lower rank or position than they had before: • Constructive dismissal can include demoting you or reducing your salary. demote somebody to something • After… …   Financial and business terms

  • Demote — Démote Le démote est un citoyen athénien membre d un dème dans l Athènes du Ve siècle av. J. C. Avec les réformes de Clisthène chaque assemblée de démotes détenait le pouvoir exécutif suprême dans son propre dème, leurs principales fonctions… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • demote — 1881, Amer.Eng. coinage from DE (Cf. de ) + stem of PROMOTE (Cf. promote). Said to have been Midwestern in origin. Regarding an antithesis to promote, the word universally in use in Cambridge, in Harvard College, is drop. The same word is in use… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Demote — De*mote , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Demoted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Demoting}.] [Pref. de + mote, as in promote; cf. L. demovere to remove.] To reduce to a lower grade or rank, as in the military, one s employment, or in school; to assign to a lower… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • demote — I verb abase, belittle, bring down, bring low, cashier, cause to descend, cause to sink, debase, decrease in importance, dedecorate, deflate, degrade, demean, depose, depreciate, deprive, dethrone, diminish, discrown, dismiss from favor,… …   Law dictionary

  • demote — *degrade, reduce, declass, disrate Antonyms: promote (in rank, grade) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • demote — [v] downgrade, lower in rank bench*, break, bump, bust, declass, degrade, demean, demerit, dismiss, disrate, hold back, kick downstairs*, lower, reduce, relegate, set back; concepts 233,351 Ant. improve, promote, rate, upgrade …   New thesaurus

  • demote — ► VERB ▪ reduce to a lower rank or less senior position. DERIVATIVES demotion noun. ORIGIN from DE (Cf. ↑de ) + a shortened form of PROMOTE(Cf. ↑promote) …   English terms dictionary

  • demote — ☆ demote [dē mōt′, dimōt′ ] vt. demoted, demoting [ DE + (PRO)MOTE] to reduce to a lower grade; lower in rank: opposed to PROMOTE demotion n …   English World dictionary

  • demote — UK [diːˈməʊt] / US [dɪˈmoʊt] verb [transitive] Word forms demote : present tense I/you/we/they demote he/she/it demotes present participle demoting past tense demoted past participle demoted 1) to give someone a lower rank or a less important job …   English dictionary

  • Démote — Le démote est un citoyen athénien membre d un dème dans l Athènes du Ve siècle av. J. C. Avec les réformes de Clisthène chaque assemblée de démotes détenait le pouvoir exécutif suprême dans son propre dème, leurs principales fonctions semblent… …   Wikipédia en Français

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