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downgrade




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downgrade
     1. n. A reduction of a rating, as a financial or credit rating.
     2. v. To place lower in position.
           The stock was downgraded from 'buy' to 'sell'.
     3. v. To 'dumb down', reduce in complexity, or remove unnecessary parts.
     4. v. (meteorology) to reduce the official estimate of a storm's intensity.
     5. v. (computing) To revert software back to an older version.

Example Sentences

Twice in barely four months the chancellor has had to downgrade his forecasts for economic growth. 

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