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
Recent Examples of relegate from the Web
At the time when her career was rising in the U.S. in the 1930s, public places, including restaurants, nightclubs and theaters, enforced segregated seating areas, relegating blacks to balcony seats.
The treatments weakened his body, relegating him to backup duty this season.
Her powers set her apart from other humans, but among the other members of the Justice League, she was relegated to secretary.
The TSA does not relegate you to choosing between overpriced airport food and otherwise going hungry.
But inclement weather doesn't have to relegate you to eating totally indoors, at least, not at these Chicago restaurants.
He’s been relegated to a desk job in California and tasked with tracking Iranian immigrants to Los Angeles.
As far as weapons go, spears have been militarily outclassed for centuries, relegated to ancient battlefields and modern day track and field.
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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.
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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