- To relegate is defined as to send or assign to a lower place or position.
An example of to relegate is someone being demoted from restaurant manager to dish washer.
- to exile or banish (someone) to a specified place
- to consign or assign to an inferior position: usually with to
- to assign to a class, sphere, realm, etc.; classify as belonging to a certain order of things
- to refer, commit, or hand over for decision, action, etc.
Origin: from Classical Latin relegatus, past participle of relegare, to send away from re-, away, back plush legare, to send: see legate
- relegation noun
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transitive verb rel·e·gat·ed, rel·e·gat·ing, rel·e·gates
- To assign to an obscure place, position, or condition.
- To assign to a particular class or category; classify. See Synonyms at commit.
- To refer or assign (a matter or task, for example) for decision or action.
- To send to a place of exile; banish.
Origin: Middle English relegaten, to banish, from Latin relēgāre, relēgāt- : re-, re- + lēgāre, to send, depute; see leg- in Indo-European roots.
- relˌe·gaˈtion noun