- 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
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Examples from the Web for relegation
Our bookstores would surely be more drab and austere in their absence or their relegation to the annals of world literature.Why the Man Booker Prize Is More Necessary Than Ever
October 15, 2012
After the doom of relegation is expired, he comes hither at midsummer.Imaginary Conversations and Poems
Walter Savage Landor
His disgrace and relegation to his see, in 1529, could not but stimulate this tendency.A History of The Inquisition of Spain; vol. 2,
Henry Charles Lea
The motion was lost, and his relegation to Canea and a years imprisonment were voted.Venice and its Story
She, who so longed for a first place, seemed doomed to relegation to the ranks.Consequences
E. M. Delafield
In September 1697 he went to Civita Vecchia under sentence of three years' relegation.The Old Yellow Book
- to move to a position of less authority, importance, etc; demote
- (usually passive) mainly British 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
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.