demotes

demote

[dih-moht]
verb (used with object), demoted, demoting.
to reduce to a lower grade, rank, class, or position (opposed to promote ): They demoted the careless waiter to busboy.

Origin:
1890–95, Americanism; de- + (pro)mote

demotion, noun
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demote (dɪˈməʊt)
 
vb
(tr) to lower in rank or position; relegate
 
[C19: from de- + (pro)mote]
 
de'motion
 
n

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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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