- a downward slope, esp. in a road
- a lowering in rank, value, etc.
- to demote to a less skilled job at lower pay
- to lower in importance, value, esteem, etc.
- to belittle
on the downgrade
transitive verbdown·grad·ed, down·grad·ing, down·grades
- To lower the status, rank, or salary of: The weather service downgraded the hurricane to a tropical storm.
- To minimize the importance, value, or reputation of: downgraded his team's contribution to the project.
- A descending slope, as in a road.
- An act of downgrading, as in status, rank, or amount: The company averted a downgrade of its credit rating.
- A decline, as in fortune, status, or condition: a neighborhood on the downgrade.
- A reduction of a rating, as a financial or credit rating.
(third-person singular simple present downgrades, present participle downgrading, simple past and past participle downgraded)
From down- + grade.
downgrade - Investment & Finance Definition
An action that communicates concern or an increasingly negative outlook for a stock or bond. Typically, Wall Street analysts downgrade a company’s stock if they think the outlook for the company is worsening. Other times, analysts lower a stock’s rating if the stock has performed strongly and has little room left for its price to appreciate. Ratings agencies also downgrade the credit ratings of companies, countries, and specialized financial instruments.