from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To reduce in rank or rating; demote.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To lower a rate or rating
  • v. To demote a sailor to a lower rank

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To reduce to a lower rating or rank; to degrade.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Nautical, to reduce to a lower rating, as a petty officer, or a non-commissioned officer of marines.


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dis- +‎ rate


  • I disrate you on account of your unfitness for the post, and you will now return to your former rating, as I have restored your name to the list of the crew.

    The White Squall A Story of the Sargasso Sea

  • In your cablegram received to-day, you take occasion to remind us that no manager or owner has authority to disrate a ship's officer.

    Cappy Ricks Or, the Subjugation of Matt Peasley

  • Owner can fire captain but only captain can fire or disrate ship's officers.

    Cappy Ricks Or, the Subjugation of Matt Peasley

  • They gave their services for nothing, and the only way in which we could repay them was to select two chief Petty Officers from their number, disrate them, and take them Poleward as ordinary seamen.

    South with Scott

  • But I hope you'll take care of the rest of my crew, and not disrate them after I am dead in favour of new followers.

    The World's Greatest Books — Volume 08 — Fiction

  • As they're not sailors, I mean to disrate them to boys at five dollars a month.

    The Grain Ship

  • Snakes an 'alligators, I'll disrate ye -- I'll send ye forrud;

    The Island Treasure

  • It is obvious, too, that if giving a man a higher rating be a source of encouragement, to disrate him may readily be used as a means of punishment.

    The Lieutenant and Commander

  • "I appreciate your feeling, my lad," he answered; "but even if he does return I won't disrate you, and I will see how we can best manage to get you an outfit."

    Won from the Waves

  • I'll disrate you, by God, you damned molly mop; is that the way you handle a cat? that's only wiping the dirt off his back.

    Frank Mildmay The Naval Officer


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