verb rel·e·gate \ˈre-lə-ˌgāt\

Definition of relegate




  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to send into exile :  banish

  3. 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


play \ˌre-lə-ˈgā-shən\ noun

Examples of relegate in a sentence

  1. The bill has been relegated to committee for discussion.

  2. <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

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>.

RELEGATE Defined for English Language Learners


verb rel·e·gate \ˈre-lə-ˌgāt\

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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