Relegate Definition

rĕlĭ-gāt
relegated, relegates, relegating
verb
relegated, relegates, relegating
To exile or banish (someone) to a specified place.
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To consign or assign to an inferior position.
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To refer, commit, or hand over for decision, action, etc.
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To assign to a class, sphere, realm, etc.; classify as belonging to a certain order of things.
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noun

(Roman history, obsolete) A person who has been banished from proximity to Rome for a set time, but without losing his civil rights.

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adjective

(obsolete except archaic, past participial) Relegated; exiled.

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Origin of Relegate

  • First attested circa 1550: from the Classical Latin relÄ“gātus (“banished person", “exile"), the nominative singular masculine substantive form of relÄ“gātus, the perfect passive participle of relÄ“gō (“I dispatch", “I banish").

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  • Middle English relegaten to banish from Latin relēgāre relēgāt- re- re- lēgāre to send, depute leg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • First attested circa 1425: from the Classical Latin relÄ“gātus, the perfect passive participle of relÄ“gō (“I dispatch", “I banish").

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  • First attested in 1561: from relÄ“gāt-, the perfect passive participial stem of relÄ“gō (“I dispatch", “I banish").

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