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  • n  the property possessed by a slope or surface that descends
  • v  rate lower; lower in value or esteem

  • A rating downgrade of the monoline companies could be devastating for banks and others who bought insurance protection from them to cover their corporate bond exposure.
  • The book has been required reading for second-graders for two years, but recently Judith Bailey requested that the Laytonville Unified School District downgrade it to optional.
  • It did indeed downgrade all three a month later.
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  • Jeffrey Immelt in Washington Post
    While no one likes a downgrade, this review and rating reaffirm the relative strength of the company,chief executive Jeffrey R. Immelt said.
  • Lucas Glover in
    It's an honor to be on the trophy,said Glover, with one previous PGA Tour victory in his six-year professional career. "I hope I don't downgrade it or anything with my name on there. I'm just as happy and excited as I can be to be on...
  • Tony Dungy in Indianapolis Star
    We're not anti- anything else. We're not trying to downgrade anyone else. But we're trying to promote the family -- family values the Lord's way,Dungy said.

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