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downgrade

verb
     
Related topics: Employment
down‧grade [transitive]
1BE to make a job less important, or to move someone to a less important job [≠ upgrade]
2 to make something seem less important or valuable than it is:
Police often downgrade the seriousness of violence against women in the home.
3 to state that something is not as serious as it was:
Hurricane Bob has been downgraded to a tropical storm.

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