- move (someone) to a lower position or rank, usually as a punishment
verb: demote, 3rd person present: demotes, gerund or present participle: demoting, past tense: demoted, past participle: demoted
- 1. move (someone) to a lower position or rank, usually as a punishment:
the head of the army was demoted to deputy defence secretary
- v.give (someone) a lower rank or less senior position, usually as a punishment:
- the head of the army was demoted to deputy defense secretary
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