V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: to lower someone in rank, status, or position

Synonyms: lower, degrade, downgrade, reduce

Antonyms: promote, raise, advance, elevate

Tips: To demote someone is the opposite of promoting someone. A demotion is a lowering in someone's status or position. Note: the prefix "pro" means "to move forward," "advance," and "front," while the prefix "de" means "to lower," "reduce." For the prefix "de," think of the word decrease vs. increase.

Usage Examples:

I was demoted because my boss didn't think I could handle the responsibilities of my job. (degraded, downgraded)

The client was so angry with what Larry had done, he was demoted on the spot. (lowered in position, downgraded)

I'd rather quit than be demoted. (downgraded, lowered)

Although the demotion was humiliating, I was happy not to be fired all together. (lowering in position) noun

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