transitive verb-·mot′ed, -·mot′ing
to reduce to a lower grade; lower in rank
Origin of demotede- + (pro)mote
transitive verbde·mot·ed, de·mot·ing, de·motes
To reduce in grade, rank, or status: was demoted from captain to lieutenant.
Origin of demotede- (pro)mote
demote break bust 2degrade downgrade reduce
These verbs mean to lower in grade, rank, or status: was demoted from captain to lieutenant; a noncommissioned officer broken to the ranks; a detective who was busted to uniformed traffic patrol for insubordination; a supervisor degraded to an assistant; a popular author downgraded by critical opinion to a genre writer; was reduced from a command post to a desk job.
(third-person singular simple present demotes, present participle demoting, simple past and past participle demoted)