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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.

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-buhl] /ˈrɛl ɪ gə bəl/, adjectiverel·e·ga·tion, nounun·rel·e·ga·ble, adjectiveun·rel·e·gat·ed, adjective

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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
Derived Formsrelegatable, adjectiverelegation, noun

Word Origin for relegate

C16: from Latin relēgāre to send away, from re- + lēgāre to send
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Word Origin and History for relegated



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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