Definition Of downgrades
a downward gradient, typically on a railroad track or road.
This was the original Montreal-Toronto mainline (legally the Ontario & Quebec Railway) and a roller coaster of upgrades and downgrades .
an instance of reducing someone or something's rank, status, or level of importance.
A later rating by rival Moody's Investors Service kept Ford's debt rating at investment-grade status, the S&P downgrades shocked the corporate bond market.
reduce to a lower grade, rank, or level of importance.
some jobs had gradually been downgraded from skilled to semiskilled