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 relegate (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
Recent Examples on the Web Under the Trump administration, proponents of this ideology reached a new peak of influence, and Trump's defeat does not relegate them to the fringe. Nicole Hemmer, CNN, "The fight over history isn't really about the 1619 Project," 30 Apr. 2021 But a lack of outdoor space doesn’t relegate you to a garden-less life. Adam Lukach,, "Eat. Watch. Do. — Readers’ Choice award winners | Indoor garden tips | Portillo’s new chicken sandwich," 16 Apr. 2021 Given the findings, the authors advise scientists to relegate jargon to later sections of their papers—for instance, the methods section, which is more likely to be read by specialists. Katie Langin, Science | AAAS, "Want other scientists to cite you? Drop the jargon," 6 Apr. 2021 Meanwhile, sites that directly grow or rely on digital celebrity don’t tend to rigorously vet their most famous or influential users, especially when those users relegate their problematic behavior to Discord servers or industry parties. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "Twitch's New Policy Covers ‘Serious’ Offenses That Happen Off-Platform," 7 Apr. 2021 Amid the ensuing shouts from the crowd were denunciations of a more insidious plague here in Kenya: public services that work for those with connections and money and relegate everyone else to the back of the line. Washington Post, "‘They have another door’: Kenya’s vaccine rollout exposes rich-poor divide," 30 Mar. 2021 Flip-flops will relegate any logos to just the side. Anthony Marcusa,, "The best Nike sandal for men," 20 Mar. 2021 This week, the House takes up H.R. 1, the For the People Act of 2021, what many Republicans say would relegate their party to permanent minority status. Washington Examiner Staff, Washington Examiner, "Unsupervised voting: Democratic expansion plan," 2 Mar. 2021 Most other states relegate the parties to supporting, not selecting who is on the ballot. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Exclusive: Inside the secret meeting at the governor’s mansion that saved Utah’s signature path for candidates," 10 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of relegate was in 1599

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7 May 2021

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“Relegate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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