AskDefine | Define demote

Dictionary Definition

demote v : assign to a lower position; reduce in rank; "She was demoted because she always speaks up"; "He was broken down to Sargeant" [syn: bump, relegate, break, kick downstairs] [ant: promote]

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  • (UK) /dɪˈməʊt/, /dI"m@Ut/
  • (US) /dɪˈmoʊt/, /dI"moUt/
    Rhymes with: -əʊt


  1. To lower the rank or status of something.
  2. To relegate.



To lower the rank or status of something
To relegate

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abase, boot, bounce, break, bump, bust, can, cashier, debase, defrock, degrade, demean, dement, deplume, depose, deprive, disbar, discharge, disemploy, disgrade, dismiss, displace, displume, downgrade, drum out, expel, fire, furlough, give the ax, give the gate, humble, kick, kick upstairs, lay off, let go, let out, lower, make redundant, pension off, read out of, reduce, release, remove, replace, retire, sack, separate forcibly, strip, strip of rank, superannuate, surplus, suspend, turn off, turn out, unfrock
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