relegate

verb
rel·​e·​gate | \ ˈre-lə-ˌgāt How to pronounce relegate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce relegation (audio) \ 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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Time, that piercing reviewer of books, relegates so many to obscurity; and time’s judgments often take decades to ripen. WSJ, "Who Read What in 2018: History and Journalism," 10 Dec. 2018 The online resale market is booming, with the Real Real, Tradesy, Poshmark, and Thredup making the case that second-hand, a category once relegated to dusty thrift stores, is an appealing entry point for customers. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Italic sells brandless luxury goods from manufactures for Celine, Prada, and Gucci.," 15 Nov. 2018 Why relegate such important information to a place where hardly anyone will see it? Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "YouTube is failing its creators," 21 Sep. 2018 Crouch made 31 Premier League appearances last season, his most in three years, but the big striker could only manage five goals as the Potters were relegated, finishing in 19th place. SI.com, "Peter Crouch Hints at Stoke City Stay Despite Disappointing Relegation to the Championship," 4 July 2018 An additional duty would further relegate Tesla into a niche marque only afforded by the most wealthy. Bloomberg.com, "Tesla Facing Risk of Steeper China Taxes Adds to Musk's Woes," 4 Apr. 2018 During the meeting, there were a handful of supportive adults relegated to a table in the back of the room, next to the untouched bowl of fruit and box of cookies. Emma Kate Fittes, Indianapolis Star, "Why are students organizing a March For Our Lives rally in Indianapolis? Fear.," 21 Mar. 2018 Housing discrimination relegated African Americans to homogeneous, poor black communities with underfunded, segregated schools. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Doug Jones and the Democratic Party Just Screwed Black Voters ... Again," 15 Mar. 2018 Paderborn spent one season in the Bundesliga in 2014-15, but was relegated after its top-flight debut season. Ciaran Fahey, The Seattle Times, "Paderborn joins Cologne in Bundesliga, Union misses chance," 19 May 2019

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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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relegate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of relegate

formal : to put (someone or something) in a lower or less important position, rank, etc.
formal : to give (something, such as a job or responsibility) to another person or group
British : to move (a sports team) to a lower position in a league

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