Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To reduce in grade, rank, or status.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To lower the rank or status of something.
  • v. To relegate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To reduce to a lower grade or rank, as in the military, one's employment, or in school; to assign to a lower position.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To reduce to a lower grade or class: opposed to promote: as, to demote a boy for falling behind in his studies.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. assign to a lower position; reduce in rank

Etymologies

de- + (pro)mote.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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