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demote

[dih-moht] /dɪˈmoʊt/
verb (used with object), demoted, demoting.
1.
to reduce to a lower grade, rank, class, or position (opposed to promote):
They demoted the careless waiter to busboy.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95, Americanism; de- + (pro)mote
Related forms
demotion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for demotes

demote

/dɪˈməʊt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to lower in rank or position; relegate
Derived Forms
demotion, noun
Word Origin
C19: from de- + (pro)mote
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Word Origin and History for demotes
demote
1893, Amer.Eng. coinage from de- + (pro)mote. The original reference describes it as "used generally in that section of the country" (Iowa, U.S.A.), which implies an earlier date. Related: Demotion (1901).
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