verb (used with object), relegated, relegating.
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.

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin relēgātus, past participle of relēgāre to send away, dispatch. See re-, legate

relegable [rel-i-guh-buhl] , adjective
relegation, noun
unrelegable, adjective
unrelegated, adjective

2. delegate, entrust. Unabridged
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relegate (ˈrɛlɪˌɡeɪt)
1.  to move to a position of less authority, importance, etc; demote
2.  chiefly (Brit) (usually passive) 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
[C16: from Latin relēgāre to send away, from re- + lēgāre to send]

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Word Origin & History

1586 "to banish, send into exile" (implied in relegation), from L. relegatus, pp. of relegare "remove, dismiss, banish," from re- "back" + legare "send with a commission" (see legate). Meaning "place in a position of inferiority" is recorded from 1790.
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Example sentences
It's a story that for too long a time has been relegated to the dustbin of
But unlike previous generations, these newcomers aren't content to be relegated
  to the world music ghetto.
Acting needs to be relegated back to the stage where it belongs.
Film might not be dead, but it has been relegated to a niche category.
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