demote

demote
demote de‧mote [dɪˈməʊt ǁ -ˈmoʊt] verb [transitive] HUMAN RESOURCES
to give someone a job with a lower rank or position than they had before:

• Constructive dismissal can include demoting you or reducing your salary.

demote somebody to something

• After a Cabinet reshuffle, he was demoted to Deputy Education Secretary.

demote somebody from something

• He was demoted from his position as chairman of the board last April.

— demotion noun [countable, uncountable] :

• She could remain on the staff if she accepted demotion to ordinary lecturer.

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demote UK US /dɪˈməʊt/ verb [T]
HR to move someone to a less senior job than the one they had before: demote sb from/to sth »

Her manager demoted her from her job as a supervisor.

demote sb for sth »

Sources said he was demoted for violation of departmental rules.

to move a company, team, etc. to a lower place in a list because it has performed badly: demote sth from/to sth »

The company was demoted from the FTSE 1000 after its shares slumped 13p to 34p.

Compare PROMOTE(Cf. ↑promote)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • Demote — Démote Le démote est un citoyen athénien membre d un dème dans l Athènes du Ve siècle av. J. C. Avec les réformes de Clisthène chaque assemblée de démotes détenait le pouvoir exécutif suprême dans son propre dème, leurs principales fonctions… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • demote — 1881, Amer.Eng. coinage from DE (Cf. de ) + stem of PROMOTE (Cf. promote). Said to have been Midwestern in origin. Regarding an antithesis to promote, the word universally in use in Cambridge, in Harvard College, is drop. The same word is in use… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Demote — De*mote , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Demoted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Demoting}.] [Pref. de + mote, as in promote; cf. L. demovere to remove.] To reduce to a lower grade or rank, as in the military, one s employment, or in school; to assign to a lower… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • demote — I verb abase, belittle, bring down, bring low, cashier, cause to descend, cause to sink, debase, decrease in importance, dedecorate, deflate, degrade, demean, depose, depreciate, deprive, dethrone, diminish, discrown, dismiss from favor,… …   Law dictionary

  • demote — *degrade, reduce, declass, disrate Antonyms: promote (in rank, grade) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • demote — [v] downgrade, lower in rank bench*, break, bump, bust, declass, degrade, demean, demerit, dismiss, disrate, hold back, kick downstairs*, lower, reduce, relegate, set back; concepts 233,351 Ant. improve, promote, rate, upgrade …   New thesaurus

  • demote — ► VERB ▪ reduce to a lower rank or less senior position. DERIVATIVES demotion noun. ORIGIN from DE (Cf. ↑de ) + a shortened form of PROMOTE(Cf. ↑promote) …   English terms dictionary

  • demote — ☆ demote [dē mōt′, dimōt′ ] vt. demoted, demoting [ DE + (PRO)MOTE] to reduce to a lower grade; lower in rank: opposed to PROMOTE demotion n …   English World dictionary

  • demote — UK [diːˈməʊt] / US [dɪˈmoʊt] verb [transitive] Word forms demote : present tense I/you/we/they demote he/she/it demotes present participle demoting past tense demoted past participle demoted 1) to give someone a lower rank or a less important job …   English dictionary

  • Démote — Le démote est un citoyen athénien membre d un dème dans l Athènes du Ve siècle av. J. C. Avec les réformes de Clisthène chaque assemblée de démotes détenait le pouvoir exécutif suprême dans son propre dème, leurs principales fonctions semblent… …   Wikipédia en Français

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