Simple Definition of relegate
: to put (someone or something) in a lower or less important position, rank, etc.
: to give (something, such as a job or responsibility) to another person or group
: to move (a sports team) to a lower position in a league
Full Definition of relegate
1 : to send into exile : banish
2 : assign: as a : to assign to a place of insignificance or of oblivion : put out of sight or mind b : to assign to an appropriate place or situation on the basis of classification or appraisal c : to submit to someone or something for appropriate action : delegate d : to transfer (a sports team) to a lower ranking division
relegationplay \ˌre-lə-ˈgā-shən\ noun
Examples of relegate in a sentence
The bill has been relegated to committee for discussion.
<courtiers and generals who incurred the emperor's disfavor were soon relegated to the farther reaches of the empire>
Did You Know?
Originally relegate meant "to send into exile, banish". So when you relegate an old sofa to the basement, you're sending it to home-decorating Siberia. When confronted with a matter that no one really wants to face, a chief executive may relegate it to a committee "for further study", which may manage to ignore it for years. It may be annoying to read a newspaper article about a pet project and find that your own contributions have been relegated to a short sentence near the end.
Origin and Etymology of relegate
Latin relegatus, past participle of relegare, from re- + legare to send with a commission — more at legate
First Known Use: 1599
Synonym Discussion of relegate
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