Definition of Downgrade

1. Noun. The property possessed by a slope or surface that descends.

Generic synonyms: Grade



2. Verb. Rate lower; lower in value or esteem.
Generic synonyms: Grade, Order, Place, Range, Rank, Rate
Antonyms: Upgrade

Definition of Downgrade

1. Noun. A reduction of a rating, as a financial or credit rating. ¹

2. Verb. To place lower in position. ¹

3. Verb. To 'dumb down', reduce in complexity, or remove unnecessary parts. ¹

4. Verb. (meteorology) to reduce the official estimate of a storm's intensity. ¹

5. Verb. (computing) To revert software back to an older version. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Downgrade

1. [v -GRADED, -GRADING, -GRADES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Downgrade

downfallings
downfalls
downfield
downflow
downflowing
downflows
downfold
downfolded
downfolding
downfolds
downforce
downforces
downgoing
downgoings
downgone
downgrade (current term)
downgraded
downgrades
downgrading
downgradings
downgyved
downhaul
downhauls
downhearted
downheartedly
downheartedness
downhill
downhiller
downhillers
downhills

Literary usage of Downgrade

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Judicial and Statutory Definitions of Words and Phrases by West Publishing Company (1904)
"... was meant that the current of electricity was turned off and no power applied to the car other than the force of gravity on the downgrade. Peterson v. ..."

2. Pensions, Savings and Capital Flows: From Ageing to Emerging Markets by Helmut Reisen (2000)
"The pattern is particularly clear when countries have been put on review for possible downgrade or upgrade. During the 29 days preceding a review for ..."

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