[ 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.

  1. to assign or refer (something) to a particular class or kind.

  2. to send into exile; banish.

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 for relegate

Other words from relegate

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for relegate


/ (ˈrɛlɪˌɡeɪt) /

  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

  1. to assign or refer (a matter) to another or others, as for action or decision

  2. (foll by to) to banish or exile

  3. to assign (something) to a particular group or category

Origin of relegate

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

Derived forms of relegate

  • relegatable, adjective
  • relegation, noun

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