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relegate

[rel-i-geyt]
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verb (used with object), rel·e·gat·ed, rel·e·gat·ing.
  1. 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.
  2. to consign or commit (a matter, task, etc.), as to a person: He relegates the less pleasant tasks to his assistant.
  3. to assign or refer (something) to a particular class or kind.
  4. to send into exile; banish.
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Origin of relegate

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin relēgātus, past participle of relēgāre to send away, dispatch. See re-, legate
Related formsrel·e·ga·ble [rel-i-guh-buh l] /ˈrɛl ɪ gə bəl/, adjectiverel·e·ga·tion, nounun·rel·e·ga·ble, adjectiveun·rel·e·gat·ed, adjective

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2. delegate, entrust.
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Examples from the Web for relegate

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Historical Examples

  • All good Americans, we are told, relegate the sojourn to a more distant future.

    The Slave Of The Lamp

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • To begin with, we must relegate Selection to its proper place.

  • But this does not relegate these civilized nations to savagism.

  • On the other hand, we shall not relegate the old to an almshouse.

    The Jewish State

    Theodor Herzl

  • He seemed to relegate self to the background; he was considerate, quiet, serene.

    The Range Boss

    Charles Alden Seltzer


British Dictionary definitions for relegate

relegate

verb (tr)
  1. to move to a position of less authority, importance, etc; demote
  2. (usually passive) mainly British to demote (a football team, etc) to a lower division
  3. to assign or refer (a matter) to another or others, as for action or decision
  4. (foll by to) to banish or exile
  5. to assign (something) to a particular group or category
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Derived Formsrelegatable, adjectiverelegation, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin relēgāre to send away, from re- + lēgāre to send
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for relegate

v.

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.

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