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verb [transitive] downgrade pronunciation in British English /ˈdaʊnˌɡreɪd/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theydowngrade
he/she/itdowngrades
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

    The United States had no intention of downgrading its relations with China.

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 downgrade pronunciation in British English  noun [countable]
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singulardowngrade
pluraldowngrades

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