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

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 Launching the line with Macy’s was a dream come true for Parker, who values the opportunity to bring sizes XL-4X in-store, where so many other brands relegate them to online-only, special orders. Essence, 25 Apr. 2022 When the Pirates get serious about competing, MLB can relegate another NL Central team to play a schedule heavier on the Marlins and lighter on the Cardinals. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2022 Campion makes a choice, both necessary and bold, to relegate Johnny’s life and tragic death to backstory. Bonnie Johnson, Los Angeles Times, 16 Mar. 2022 Instead, the consensus has been to largely relegate the Myanmar question to the less-than-decisive hands of the ASEAN group of nations, which is divided on how far to push and isolate the military rulers. Washington Post, 4 Feb. 2022 This is in part because some of the most powerful voices in financial services would still rather relegate the practice as a means to the end of product sales rather than advice as an end unto itself. Tim Maurer, Forbes, 10 Oct. 2021 Carving out a broad exception to those protections could relegate gay and transgender Americans to a second-class status of sorts in parts of this country. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 23 Feb. 2022 When Jimmy Butler and Kyle Lowry are both in, Tyler tends to relegate to the corner. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, 1 Jan. 2022 Afro-Latinx people are tired of being told to keep supporting projects that relegate them to the sidelines and to keep waiting their turn, Chapman said. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, 16 June 2021 See More

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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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7 May 2022

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“Relegate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/relegate. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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