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[rel-i-geyt] /ˈrɛl ɪˌgeɪt/
verb (used with object), relegated, relegating.
to send or consign to an inferior position, place, or condition:
He has been relegated to a post at the fringes of the diplomatic service.
to consign or commit (a matter, task, etc.), as to a person:
He relegates the less pleasant tasks to his assistant.
to assign or refer (something) to a particular class or kind.
to send into exile; banish.
Origin of relegate
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin relēgātus, past participle of relēgāre to send away, dispatch. See re-, legate
Related forms
[rel-i-guh-buh l] /ˈrɛl ɪ gə bəl/ (Show IPA),
relegation, noun
unrelegable, adjective
unrelegated, adjective
2. delegate, entrust. Unabridged
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  • We cannot view with equanimity his relegation to lower positions, while the better places are given to better-trained immigrants.

    Boy Labour and Apprenticeship Reginald Arthur Bray
  • After the doom of relegation is expired, he comes hither at midsummer.

    Imaginary Conversations and Poems Walter Savage Landor
  • In fact the relegation of peers to the ordinary livery colours for their mantlings is, in England, quite a modern practice.

    A Complete Guide to Heraldry Arthur Charles Fox-Davies
  • She, who so longed for a first place, seemed doomed to relegation to the ranks.

    Consequences E. M. Delafield
  • His disgrace and relegation to his see, in 1529, could not but stimulate this tendency.

  • In September 1697 he went to Civita Vecchia under sentence of three years' relegation.

  • The picture, more or less entombed in its relegation, was lividly dead—and that was bad enough.

  • This tendency would be encouraged and perpetuated by the relegation of vessels of particular forms to particular ceremonies.

  • She had never yet heard herself called his dear wife, and felt the immensity of her relegation to her proper place.

    The Pastor's Wife Elizabeth von Arnim
British Dictionary definitions for relegation


verb (transitive)
to move to a position of less authority, importance, etc; demote
(usually passive) (mainly Brit) to demote (a football team, etc) to a lower division
to assign or refer (a matter) to another or others, as for action or decision
(foll by to) to banish or exile
to assign (something) to a particular group or category
Derived Forms
relegatable, adjective
relegation, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin relēgāre to send away, from re- + lēgāre to send
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for relegation

1580s, from Latin relegationem (nominative relegatio), noun of action from past participle stem of relegare (see relegate).



1590s "to banish, send into exile," from Latin relegatus, past participle of relegare "remove, dismiss, banish, send away, schedule, put aside," from re- "back" (see re-) + legare "send with a commission" (see legate). Meaning "place in a position of inferiority" is recorded from 1790. Related: Relegated; relegating; relegable.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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