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 relegate (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 And maybe this imperfect team will relegate football season to second fiddle a little longer in South Philly, pushing away memories of past failures. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 12 Aug. 2021 Samano says he was directed to hire only pretty women for customer-facing jobs and to relegate Latinos to posts in the back of the restaurant, the suit says. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 10 Aug. 2021 There's a sense of invincibility, or wanting to relegate their health to the least important thing in their life at that moment. Star Tribune, 9 July 2021 Just like its colonizing owner, the United States, places like Puerto Rico still wrestle with social caste systems that relegate Black Latinos to the bottom and place the lightest and whitest Latinos at the top of the hierarchy. Natasha S. Alford, CNN, 17 June 2021 Entirely eliminating spread of the virus may be an unreachable goal, but mass vaccination—in the U.S. and around the world—will relegate COVID to the background of our lives. Daniel P. Oran, Scientific American, 27 July 2021 Yet the urge to lionize new voices and to celebrate open explorations of intimacy across gender and sexuality does not suddenly relegate criticism to the sidelines. Paula L. Woods, Los Angeles Times, 6 July 2021 What might have been a winning SEO strategy only a few years ago could relegate you to Google's dustbin today — that is, anything after the second page. Amine Rahal, Forbes, 1 June 2021 The vote would not just relegate him to an opposition figure. Editors, USA TODAY, 12 June 2021

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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 23 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of relegate

: 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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