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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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 But when those leagues crumbled, prospective black pros were relegated to minor league teams, often in inhospitable, southern cities. Rob Ruck, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Baseball’s Negro Leagues Defied the Stereotypes of Segregation," 15 Feb. 2020 Heck, even the professionals relegate barbacoa and its half-day cooking time to just the weekends. Paul Stephen,, "How to make your breakfast tacos — barbacoa, carne guisada, picadillo — in the Instant Pot," 12 Feb. 2020 Fast forward to the 1980s and cowboy culture as Thorpe would have recognized it was relegated to the remotest corners of the West, such as in the Great Basin. Ryan T. Bell, National Geographic, "Cowboy poetry is a 150-year-old tradition. Will it survive in the 21st century?," 30 Jan. 2020 Despite its popularity, hip-hop is too often left out of the four major categories like Album of the Year. Instead, rap is relegated to genre-specific categories that don’t even make the telecast. Shannon Carlin,, "Diddy Calls Out The Grammys For Its Lack Of Respect For Hip-Hop Ahead Of The Show," 27 Jan. 2020 Yet his distinctive gifts as a director are increasingly relegated to the margins, propelling a narrative that works better in theory than execution. David Canfield,, "Justin Simien delivers messy, provocative horror in Bad Hair: Sundance review," 24 Jan. 2020 Instead, Latinos are usually relegated to token roles at best, stereotypical roles at worst, but mostly invisibility. Arlene Martinez, USA TODAY, "In California: Is your Uber driver going to start charging you more?," 23 Jan. 2020 Filming is usually relegated to only weekends across 10 to 12 weeks, depending on how many contestants are brought on at the start (season 10 saw 13 contestants, but included a double elimination). Dave Quinn,, "The Great British Baking Show," 16 Jan. 2020 But in the process, engineers’ input into decision-making was relegated, which may have contributed to the 737 MAX’s tragic design flaws. The Economist, "Schumpeter The last GE Man," 11 Jan. 2020

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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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20 Feb 2020

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“Relegate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 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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