An example of to relegate is someone being demoted from restaurant manager to dish washer.
transitive verbrelegated, relegating
- 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 of relegate; from Classical Latin relegatus, past participle of relegare, to send away ; from re-, away, back + legare, to send: see legate
transitive verbrel·e·gat·ed, rel·e·gat·ing, rel·e·gates
- To consign to an inferior or obscure place, rank, category, or condition: an artist's work that is now relegated to storerooms; a group that has been relegated to the status of second-class citizens.
- To refer or assign (a matter or task, for example) for decision or action: relegate the teaching of writing to graduate students; relegate the matter to a committee.
Origin of relegateMiddle English relegaten, to banish, from Latin relēgāre, relēgāt- : re-, re- + lēgāre, to send, depute; see leg- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present relegates, present participle relegating, simple past and past participle relegated)
- Exile, banish, remove, or send away.
- (in extended use) Consign or assign.
- Consign (a person or thing) to a place, position, or role of obscurity, insignificance, oblivion, or (especially) inferiority.
- Assign (a thing) to an appropriate place or situation based on appraisal or classification.
- (sports, chiefly soccer) Transfer (a sports team) to a lower-ranking league division.
- Refer or submit.
First attested in 1561: from relÄ“gÄt-, the perfect passive participial stem of relÄ“gÅ (“I dispatch", “I banish").
First attested circa 1550: from the Classical Latin relÄ“gÄtus (“banished person", “exile"), the nominative singular masculine substantive form of relÄ“gÄtus, the perfect passive participle of relÄ“gÅ (“I dispatch", “I banish").
First attested circa 1425: from the Classical Latin relÄ“gÄtus, the perfect passive participle of relÄ“gÅ (“I dispatch", “I banish").