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downgrade (plural downgrades)
- A reduction of a rating, as a financial or credit rating.
- To place lower in position.
- The stock was downgraded from 'buy' to 'sell'.
- To 'dumb down', reduce in complexity, or remove unnecessary parts.
2012 June 26, Genevieve Koski, “Music: Reviews: Justin Bieber: Believe”, The Onion AV Club:
- More significantly, rigid deference to Bieber’s still-young core fan base keeps things resolutely PG, with any acknowledgement of sex either couched in vague “touch your body” workarounds or downgraded to desirous hand-holding and eye-gazing.
- (meteorology) to reduce the official estimate of a storm's intensity.
- (computing) To revert software back to an older version.
To place lower in position