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.
- rel·e·ga·ble [rel-i-guh-buhl], /ˈrɛl ɪ gə bəl/, adjective
- rel·e·ga·tion [rel-i-gey-shuhn] /ˌrɛl ɪˈgeɪ ʃən/ noun
- un·rel·e·ga·ble, adjective
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How to use relegate in a sentence
They’ve been relegated to work boot duty at this point, but that’s mostly because I didn’t take care of them as well as I should have.My 4 Favorite Upgrades to Men’s Leather Hiking Boots | Graham Averill | February 22, 2021 | Outside Online
Shows’ handling of the pandemic ranges from being front-and-center to relegated to the background, but only a small number, like Fox’s “Last Man Standing,” seem to be trying to pass over it altogether.Future of TV Briefing: Streaming services count on content to keep subscribers acquired in 2020 | Tim Peterson | February 10, 2021 | Digiday
Moss caught five passes for only 62 yards and one touchdown, with Brady relegated to finding Wes Welker on short passes for 103 yards.Steve Spagnuolo’s defense frustrated Tom Brady in a Super Bowl. They’ll meet up again Sunday. | Cindy Boren | February 2, 2021 | Washington Post
The Swans were relegated to the second tier in 2018, a demotion that cost millions in Premier League TV revenue and sponsorships.
It has become, like so many such sacrifice zones, an island of despair and invisibility, relegated to the economic, political and cultural periphery by agencies and leaders who are supposed to support them, and by the media when they get bored.In ‘Standpipe,’ David Hardin offers poignant, fleeting reflections on the Flint water crisis | Kerri Arsenault | January 21, 2021 | Washington Post
The number of women who opt for this type of experience is too large to relegate to the fringe.
But when you try to oust the queen, you better be successful, lest she decides to relegate you to oblivion.
In the end, these entanglements could relegate the everyday people of Ivory Coast to the bottom of his priorities.
But we relegate and outsource our programming capabilities at our own peril.
He had returned sooner than was expected or desired, but could he relegate his own intelligent task to anybody else?Dorothy at Skyrie | Evelyn Raymond
He seemed to relegate self to the background; he was considerate, quiet, serene.The Range Boss | Charles Alden Seltzer
With each mornings greeting I felt the nights determination to relegate me into the safe distance of the crowd.The Wasted Generation | Owen Johnson
The apparently unthinking and apathetic class, who prefer to relegate all initiative to leaders whom they will loyally follow.Origin of the Anglo-Boer War Revealed (2nd ed.) | C. H. Thomas
Keep Tzaritza out of the house and relegate the Sultana to the servant's quarters?Peggy Stewart at School | Gabrielle E. Jackson
British Dictionary definitions for relegate
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
- relegatable, adjective
- relegation, noun
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