from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To reduce in grade, rank, or status.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To lower the rank or status of something.
- v. To relegate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To reduce to a lower grade or rank, as in the military, one's employment, or in school; to assign to a lower position.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To reduce to a lower grade or class: opposed to promote: as, to demote a boy for falling behind in his studies.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. assign to a lower position; reduce in rank
For example: you may not recognize the word demote, but if you break down the word you find "de" a prefix that means remove, take away or lower.
And, I suppose if Rob wanted to he could offer us a "demote" button, but it simply does not exist here.
But, in the meantime, as an editor for OEN I can say unequivocally that we do not "demote" articles.
But these shifts were enough for the MSM to "demote" him in status.
And the plan to "demote" universities to Polytechnic status - hardly going to be a vote winner for anyone whose kids are currently at one of those under threat.
Social Affairs Minister Piet Hein Donner's proposal to 'demote' older workers at the end of their careers and decrease their salaries to reflect their alleged lower productivity has inspired
If KC signed Ingle Martin, can't we "demote" a Colin Allred, Mike Otto to the practice squad and not actually have to cut anyone?
"The tribunal should have done more, such as demote the officers, of instance.
The sports minister, Hugh Robertson, backed the FA's decision to demote Terry now the Chelsea player's trial for allegedly racially abusing QPR's Anton Ferdinand has been put back until 9 July, eight days after the Euro 2012 final.
He had worked as a manager at Tonawanda Coke for 25 years but left the plant in 2005, when the owner wanted to demote him from his post as plant supervisor.