rel·​e·​gate | \ˈre-lə-ˌgāt \
relegated; relegating

Definition of relegate 

transitive verb

1 : to send into exile : banish

2 : assign: such 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

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Other Words from relegate

relegation \ˌre-​lə-​ˈgā-​shən \ noun

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commit, entrust, confide, consign, relegate mean to assign to a person or place for a definite purpose. commit may express the general idea of delivering into another's charge or the special sense of transferring to a superior power or to a special place of custody. committed the felon to prison entrust implies committing with trust and confidence. the president is entrusted with broad powers confide implies entrusting with great assurance or reliance. confided complete control of my affairs to my attorney consign suggests removing from one's control with formality or finality. consigned the damaging notes to the fire relegate implies a consigning to a particular class or sphere often with a suggestion of getting rid of. relegated to an obscure position in the company

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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.

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

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From an art-historical perspective, Thomas, who began her career in photography in the early aughts, spotlights people who have traditionally been relegated to the margins. Mickalene Thomas, Harper's BAZAAR, "Artist Mickalene Thomas Opens Up About the Importance of Diverse Bodies In Her Work," 3 Oct. 2018 This is why electric camper vans have so far been relegated to concept cars or limited edition one-offs at expos. Megan Barber, Curbed, "New pop-top camper van is fully electric," 24 July 2018 The library, a longtime polling place, has been relegated to a dropbox location as part of a new system approved by state legislators in 2016. Diana Lambert And Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "'The pomp and circumstance of voting is missing.' Some are sad without Sacramento polling places," 6 June 2018 Its current president, Patricia Bryson, is 78 and pictured on the UDC’s website under the name Mrs. George W. Bryson, her own name relegated to a parenthetical: (Patricia M.). Shaun Assael, Glamour, "The Secret Fight to Save Confederate Monuments," 16 Aug. 2018 The momentum in some quarters suggests, though, that trying to remove Trump from office is no longer an effort relegated to the far-left fringes of the party. Gregg Re, Fox News, "Trump impeachment push emerges as next Dem litmus test," 19 July 2018 In the past two decades, Boston’s big downtown theaters have been largely relegated to the sidelines. Don Aucoin,, "A comeback role for Boston theaters?," 14 July 2018 Some of the Orioles’ best defenders — Craig Gentry and Joey Rickard — have been relegated to bench roles and up-and-down roles, respectively. Jon Meoli,, "Try as they might, Orioles can't use out-of-position players as reason for league's worst defense," 12 July 2018 For years, interactivity has been relegated to glassy multi-touch screens. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Smart concrete wall reacts to human touch," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of relegate

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for relegate

Latin relegatus, past participle of relegare, from re- + legare to send with a commission — more at legate

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English Language Learners 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

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