—n. 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.
—adj., adv. downhill.
—v.t. 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.).