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Monday, July 29, 2002

Definitions for relegate

  1. To assign to an inferior position, place, or condition.
  2. To assign to an appropriate category or class.
  3. To assign or refer (a matter or task, for example) to another for appropriate action.

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Citations for relegate
Employment discrimination locked them out of better paying jobs and relegated them to menial occupations. Dennis C. Dickerson, Militant Mediator: Whitney M. Young Jr.
Worse, the party that had come to mean power itself had been relegated to a minority in the Congress as well, and lost a key governorship. Geoffrey Mohan, Newsday
Origin of relegate
late Middle English
1375-1425
Relegate is from the past participle of Latin relegare, "to send away, to remove, to put aside, to reject," from re- + legare, "to send with a commission or charge."