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[rel-i-geyt] /ˈrɛl ɪˌgeɪt/
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.
Origin of relegate
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin relēgātus, past participle of relēgāre to send away, dispatch. See re-, legate
Related forms
[rel-i-guh-buh l] /ˈrɛl ɪ gə bəl/ (Show IPA),
relegation, noun
unrelegable, adjective
unrelegated, adjective
2. delegate, entrust. Unabridged
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  • Ayala was foolish rather than ungrateful, not understanding the nature of the family to which she was relegated.

    Ayala's Angel Anthony Trollope
  • You are going to take a journey, and trains are relegated to carriages.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • He wrote many moral and religious works, long since relegated to the limbo of insipid mediocrities.

  • The fulfillment of these requirements can never be relegated to literacy.

  • This relegated me to the cage again, with back-massage from Sir Samuel's knees.

    The Motor Maid Alice Muriel Williamson and Charles Norris Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for relegated


verb (transitive)
to move to a position of less authority, importance, etc; demote
(usually passive) (mainly Brit) 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
Derived Forms
relegatable, adjective
relegation, noun
Word Origin
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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