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

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

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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 But, this summer, don’t relegate stripes to a supporting role. Aemilia Madden, Vogue, 22 June 2022 This macro context, and the prosecution of policies such as the change to the Protocol, will relegate the UK well below the super powers of the multipolar world. Mike O'sullivan, Forbes, 18 June 2022 Private maintenance and security help relegate the eruptions of city life — waste, homelessness, those who don’t adhere to codes of behavior and dress — to the periphery. Los Angeles Times, 13 June 2022 The Geneva Conventions, ratified in 1949, established humanitarian war standards that hoped to relegate the mass carnage of World War II to the past. The Week Staff, The Week, 8 May 2022 In 2019, the Academy announced — and again, quickly reversed amid backlash — a plan to relegate four craft categories to the show’s commercial breaks to keep audiences engaged. Rebecca Keegan, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Feb. 2022 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 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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“Relegate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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