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relegate

[ rel-i-geyt ]
/ ˈrɛl ɪˌgeɪt /
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verb (used with object), rel·e·gat·ed, rel·e·gat·ing.

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.

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Origin of relegate

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English from Latin relēgātus, past participle of relēgāre “to send away, dispatch”; see re-, legate

OTHER WORDS FROM relegate

rel·e·ga·ble [rel-i-guh-buhl], /ˈrɛl ɪ gə bəl/, adjectiverel·e·ga·tion [rel-i-gey-shuhn] /ˌrɛl ɪˈgeɪ ʃən/ nounun·rel·e·ga·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for relegate

relegate
/ (ˈrɛlɪˌɡeɪt) /

verb (tr)

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

Derived forms of relegate

relegatable, adjectiverelegation, noun

Word Origin for relegate

C16: from Latin relēgāre to send away, from re- + lēgāre to send
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