Definition of


  1. (verb, social) refer to another person for decision or judgment
  2. (verb, social) assign to a lower position; reduce in rank
    He was broken down to Sergeant
  3. (verb, social) expel, as if by official decree
  4. (verb, cognition) assign to a class or kind
    People argue about how to relegate certain mushrooms

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Alternate forms of Relegate

Derivations: relegating, relegation

Hyponyms: reduce, sideline, spike

Hypernyms: assign, attribute, delegate, depute, designate, expel, kick out, subject, submit, throw out

Origin of the word Relegate

  1. 1586 "to banish, send into exile" (implied in relegation), from L. relegatus, pp. of relegare "remove, dismiss, banish," from re- "back" + legare "send with a commission" (see legate). Meaning "place in a position of inferiority" is recorded from 1790. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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