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English verb: demote

1. demote (social) assign to a lower position; reduce in rank

SamplesShe was demoted because she always speaks up.
He was broken down to Sergeant.

Synonymsbreak, bump, kick downstairs, relegate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)assign, delegate, depute, designate

Narrower (hyponym)reduce, sideline

Antonymselevate, kick upstairs, promote, upgrade, advance, raise

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