Definition of relegate in English:



  • 1 Assign an inferior rank or position to.

    ‘they aim to prevent women from being relegated to a secondary role’
    • ‘The purpose of mutual assistance in time of illness or death was often relegated to a second position, after moral improvement.’
    • ‘Under such a setup, religion is relegated to the realm of the private, and in the public domain it is merely an agent for the delivery of social welfare.’
    • ‘And that is not to say that the poll will result in the childcare issue being relegated to the footnotes of party manifestos.’
    • ‘She would be relegated to the ranks of his subordinates once more.’
    • ‘In the United States, he is relegated to subordinate positions and rendered passive by white society.’
    • ‘It's as if our ability to find excitement in the world around us has been relegated to only those activities that charge for admission.’
    • ‘We feel that economic failure has created a situation where survival and law have been relegated to antagonistic positions.’
    • ‘As the present academic system is totally different, the importance of good handwriting has been relegated to the background.’
    • ‘Most of them were relegated to rear echelon positions or they were stewards on the boats or on the ships.’
    • ‘Privatization can only mean less control is vested in public discourse and more is relegated to the demands of profit.’
    • ‘Those who did not tell the president what he wanted to hear were relegated to positions of little influence.’
    • ‘I'm so pleased that he has been relegated to another set of duties.’
    • ‘Not that they can't make quilts, but it has been relegated to a craft and an inferior position for so long.’
    • ‘Many of them complain about the second-class role they were relegated to.’
    • ‘The music, his real career, was relegated to after-hours and vacations.’
    • ‘As a result, even a three-year-old boy becomes the legal chief of the family and his mother is relegated to an inferior social status.’
    • ‘Curries were relegated to just breakfast and lunches at home.’
    • ‘I also saw that men were relegated to supporting the status quo even at their own expense if they choose to accept it.’
    • ‘The supernatural is relegated to the rank of mild amusement.’
    • ‘Indeed, most of the program-related discussion is relegated to a couple of chapters buried deep in the middle of the book.’
    downgrade, lower, lower in rank, lower in status, put down, move down
    consign, banish, exile
    demote, degrade, declass, strip someone of their rank, reduce to the ranks, disrate, drum out
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    1. 1.1British Transfer (a sports team) to a lower division of a league.
      ‘United were relegated to division two’
      • ‘They have already been relegated from division one of the league only winning one of their thirteen games.’
      • ‘A win in this match by either club will go a long way towards guaranteeing a place in the Premier Division next season as only one team will be relegated.’
      • ‘Inferior premier league football clubs get relegated and replaced by new contenders every season.’
      • ‘Though relegated in the league they will still be competing in the senior championship in 2005.’
      • ‘The new blueprint would also relegate two teams from Division 1.’


Late Middle English (in the sense ‘send into exile’): from Latin relegat- sent away, referred, from the verb relegare, from re- again + legare send.