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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from relegate

relegation \ ˌre-​lə-​ˈgā-​shən How to pronounce relegation (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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.

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

Hardware has been relegated to second fiddle, which marks a sea change for a tech giant in transition and watershed moment for Apple events, which had generally made phones and laptops and watches the stars of the show. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "For Apple's Big Event on Monday, Hardware Is Just a Sideshow," 21 Mar. 2019 For too long, girls have been relegated to the sidelines in these stories, limited to being some sort of Winnie Cooper type—a chaste, flawless object of affection with perfect manners and not a single zit. Bonnie Stiernberg, Glamour, "I Wish Every Teen Girl Would Watch Hulu's PEN15," 10 Mar. 2019 Boxing has been relegated to the back pages, and Marciano—killed in a plane crash in August 1969, just before turning 46—is a footnote even there. David Margolick, WSJ, "‘Unbeaten’ Review: Forty-Nine Wins and No Losses," 19 July 2018 The IIsi, and its vintage brethren, have long since been relegated to history. Chris Wilkinson, Ars Technica, "1990, meet 2018: How far does 20MHz of Macintosh IIsi power go today?," 1 July 2018 For the most part, the genre has been relegated to television. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Can Netflix’s Set It Up Help Revive the Romantic Comedy?," 21 June 2018 Both player and club want the deal to go through, but having been relegated to the Championship, Swansea are playing hardball over the fee. SI.com, "Sevilla Set to Open Contract Talks With Arsenal Target Ever Banega After the World Cup," 26 June 2018 Low range used to be common but these days it's relegated to pickup trucks and SUVs that have serious off-road pretensions. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "How to Use Your 4WD System," 5 Dec. 2018 Social issues were very low on the totem pole if there at all, or they were relegated to a status that never got fixed. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Why nonprofits should think more like tech companies," 14 Nov. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'relegate.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about relegate

Dictionary Entries near relegate

releasor

relection

relegable

relegate

relegitimize

relend

relent

Statistics for relegate

Last Updated

3 Apr 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for relegate

The first known use of relegate was in 1599

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for relegate

relegate

verb

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on relegate

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with relegate

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for relegate

Spanish Central: Translation of relegate

Nglish: Translation of relegate for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of relegate for Arabic Speakers

Comments on relegate

What made you want to look up relegate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

an enemy or opponent

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Name That Thing: Animal Edition

  • alt 5a023732e6f75
  • Name that animal:
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!