verb rel·e·gate \ˈre-lə-ˌgāt\

Definition of relegate




  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to send into exile :  banish

  3. 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


play \ˌre-lə-ˈgā-shən\ noun

Examples of relegate in a sentence

  1. The bill has been relegated to committee for discussion.

  2. courtiers and generals who incurred the emperor's disfavor were soon relegated to the farther reaches of the empire

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.

Origin and Etymology of relegate

Latin relegatus, past participle of relegare, from re- + legare to send with a commission — more at legate

First Known Use: 1599

Synonym Discussion of 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

RELEGATE Defined for English Language Learners


verb rel·e·gate \ˈre-lə-ˌgāt\

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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a trip made at another's expense

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