Pronunciation: (doun'grād"), [key]
—n., adj., adv., v., -grad•ed, -grad•ing.
1. a downward slope, esp. of a road.
2. on the downgrade, in a decline toward an inferior state or position: His career has been on the downgrade.
1. to assign to a lower status with a smaller salary.
2. to minimize the importance of; denigrate: She tried to downgrade the findings of the investigation.
3. to assign a lower security classification to (information, a document, etc.).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.