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

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Other Words from relegate

relegation \ ˌre-​lə-​ˈgā-​shən How to pronounce relegation (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 The one-dimensional black friend (or Latinx coworker, or LGBTQ+ sidekick) is finally recognized as trite and relegated to the garbage. Angela Watercutter, Wired, "The 19 Best Shows of a Decade That Queered Television," 30 Dec. 2019 Tran is relegated to the sidelines in the saga’s finale, left on the rebel base while Rey, Finn and Poe globe trot across the galaxy, playing the heroes. Joey Morona, cleveland, "Where’s Rose is one of the biggest disappointments of 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’," 18 Dec. 2019 Sometime over the course of the next century, the banner was forgotten, relegated to a storage closet in the town hall and hidden under old furniture and debris. Taylor Deville,, "History preserved: WWI service banner, rediscovered decades ago, now hangs in Relay Town Hall," 3 Dec. 2019 Could a team go 13-3 and be relegated to a wild-card slot? Ann Killion,, "49ers a 13-3 wild card? Frank Gore playoff-bound? Some NFL questions," 2 Dec. 2019 McCain has seen the most playing time in the secondary with cornerback Xavien Howard (knee) and safety Reshad Jones (chest) nursing injuries and missing games in recent weeks, and Aikens relegated to special teams. Safid Deen,, "Not even Minkah Fitzpatrick could survive this Dolphins locker room ‘curse’ ... now, Steelers safety faces former team on Monday night," 26 Oct. 2019 The surrogate is an appendage of the nuclear family, relegated to the fringe. Jessica Weisberg, The New Yorker, "Can Surrogacy Remake the World?," 11 Dec. 2019 Scarlett Johansson, though largely relegated to roles within Marvel movies, has intermittently proven a box-office draw in her own right, especially in the sci-fi thriller Lucy, which grossed 11 times its budget in 2014. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "As 2019 Draws to a Close, Does the Movie Star Still Have a Pulse?," 11 Dec. 2019 The move ultimately proved futile partly as a result of Sunderland’s lack of enduring success with the club relegated from the Premier League just two years later. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "African brands spend over $40 million a year to advertise in the world’s richest soccer league," 29 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of relegate was in 1599

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9 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Relegate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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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

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