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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 De·mote v. t.  [imp. & p. p. Demoted p. pr. & vb. n. Demoting ]  To reduce to a lower grade or rank, as in the military, one's employment, or in school; to assign to a lower position.
 Syn: -- bump, relegate, kick downstairs, break one's rank.