Definition of relegate in English:



[with object]
  • 1Assign an inferior rank or position to.

    ‘they aim to prevent women from being relegated to a secondary role’
    • ‘In the United States, he is relegated to subordinate positions and rendered passive by white society.’
    • ‘Not that they can't make quilts, but it has been relegated to a craft and an inferior position for so long.’
    • ‘Indeed, most of the program-related discussion is relegated to a couple of chapters buried deep in the middle of the book.’
    • ‘Many of them complain about the second-class role they were relegated to.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We feel that economic failure has created a situation where survival and law have been relegated to antagonistic positions.’
    • ‘And that is not to say that the poll will result in the childcare issue being relegated to the footnotes of party manifestos.’
    • ‘Those who did not tell the president what he wanted to hear were relegated to positions of little influence.’
    • ‘I also saw that men were relegated to supporting the status quo even at their own expense if they choose to accept it.’
    • ‘As the present academic system is totally different, the importance of good handwriting has been relegated to the background.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'm so pleased that he has been relegated to another set of duties.’
    • ‘The supernatural is relegated to the rank of mild amusement.’
    • ‘Curries were relegated to just breakfast and lunches at home.’
    • ‘The music, his real career, was relegated to after-hours and vacations.’
    • ‘She would be relegated to the ranks of his subordinates once more.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    downgrade, lower, lower in rank, lower in status, put down, move down
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    1. 1.1British Transfer (a sports team) to a lower division of a league.
      ‘United were relegated to division two’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They have already been relegated from division one of the league only winning one of their thirteen games.’
      • ‘Inferior premier league football clubs get relegated and replaced by new contenders every season.’
      • ‘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.’


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