Definition of relegate
1 : to send into exile : banish
2 : assign: such asa : to assign to a place of insignificance or of oblivion : put out of sight or mindb : to assign to an appropriate place or situation on the basis of classification or appraisalc : to submit to someone or something for appropriate action : delegated : 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
RELEGATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of relegate for English Language Learners
: 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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