1‘there were plans to make six staff redundant and to downgrade three others’
demote, lower, lower in status, lower in rank, reduce in rank, reduce in importance
North American informal bust
2‘I have no wish to downgrade their achievement’
disparage, denigrate, detract from, run down, decry, belittle, make light of, minimize, defame
North American informal bad-mouth
praise, talk up
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.