rel·e·gate | \ ˈre-lə-ˌgāt \
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 \ 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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The Poland international spent last season on loan in the Premier League with West Brom, making 31 appearances across all competitions as the Baggies were relegated to the Championship., "Liverpool Line Up Former West Brom Loanee in Attempt to Bolster Squad Depth," 11 July 2018 This key contribution came from a player batting .158, a player who has been relegated to the bottom of the order and, for a few days recently, the end of the bench. Jeff Miller,, "Andrew Heaney strikes out 10; Angels pull even with the Astros," 15 May 2018 Lauren With came off the bench to score those 9 points after Caitlyn Harper was relegated to the bench, and Lauren McDonald hit two 3-pointers and scored all 8 of her points in the second half. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Offense comes from unusual places, and Arrowhead girls basketball is headed back to the state tournament," 3 Mar. 2018 Because oftentimes for black women, the role that has been relegated to us is to be the container for someone else’s story. Deborah Small, The Root, "Black Women’s Lives Matter: A Discussion With BLM Co-Founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Author Asha Bandele," 8 Jan. 2018 Lyles, who had been relegated to the bullpen in Colorado, then released on Aug. 1, allowed two hits that didn’t leave the yard. Dennis Lin,, "Lyles starts strong, serves up three home runs in loss," 22 Sep. 2017 Gone are the days when hardcore gamers were relegated to their parents' basements, sipping energy drinks and munching on Hot Pockets while smashing away on their keyboards until the wee hours of the morning. Stephan Wiebe, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage gamer receives ‘esports’ scholarship to play video game in college," 20 May 2017 Despite being relegated from the Premier League, Stoke fans remain in a buoyant mood after defender Moritz Bauer hinted he is set to stay at the bet365 Stadium., "Stoke Fans Delighted as Star Defender Hints Future Remains With Championship Potters," 2 July 2018 Franco, starting for just the second time in 11 days, likely did not need any more motivation after being relegated to a reserve role. Matt Breen,, "Maikel Franco's big day powers Phillies past Brewers," 17 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of relegate

: 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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