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verb [transitive]     downgrade pronunciation in American English
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present tense
present participledowngrading
past tensedowngraded
past participledowngraded
  1. 1
    to treat something in a way that shows that you think it is now less important than it was
  2. 2
    to move someone to a job that is less important and has less pay, or to change a job so that it is less important and has less pay
  3. 3
    to give someone a lower grade for an examination than they received at first

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     downgrade pronunciation in American English
noun [countable]
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a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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