• IPA: /ˈdaʊnˌɡɹeɪd/

downgrade (plural downgrades)

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

downgrade (downgrades, present participle downgrading; past and past participle downgraded)

  1. To place lower in position.
    The stock was downgraded from 'buy' to 'sell'.
  2. To 'dumb down', reduce in complexity, or remove unnecessary parts.
  3. (transitive) To disparage.
    • 1981, King Royer, Construction Manager in the 80's (page 278)
      Without downgrading my friends in the Building Trades, driving a nail or sawing a board is relatively simple.
  4. (meteorology) to reduce the official estimate of a storm's intensity.
  5. (computing) To revert software back to an older version.
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