Definition of relegate in English:

relegate

verb

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

    ‘they aim to prevent women from being relegated to a secondary role’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the United States, he is relegated to subordinate positions and rendered passive by white society.’
    • ‘She would be relegated to the ranks of his subordinates once more.’
    • ‘Many of them complain about the second-class role they were relegated to.’
    • ‘And that is not to say that the poll will result in the childcare issue being relegated to the footnotes of party manifestos.’
    • ‘Most of them were relegated to rear echelon positions or they were stewards on the boats or on the ships.’
    • ‘Those who did not tell the president what he wanted to hear were relegated to positions of little influence.’
    • ‘Not that they can't make quilts, but it has been relegated to a craft and an inferior position for so long.’
    • ‘The purpose of mutual assistance in time of illness or death was often relegated to a second position, after moral improvement.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The supernatural is relegated to the rank of mild amusement.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As the present academic system is totally different, the importance of good handwriting has been relegated to the background.’
    • ‘Curries were relegated to just breakfast and lunches at home.’
    • ‘Privatization can only mean less control is vested in public discourse and more is relegated to the demands of profit.’
    • ‘Indeed, most of the program-related discussion is relegated to a couple of chapters buried deep in the middle of the book.’
    • ‘I'm so pleased that he has been relegated to another set of duties.’
    • ‘I also saw that men were relegated to supporting the status quo even at their own expense if they choose to accept it.’
    • ‘The music, his real career, was relegated to after-hours and vacations.’
    downgrade, lower, lower in rank, lower in status, put down, move down
    View synonyms
    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.’
      • ‘The new blueprint would also relegate two teams from Division 1.’
      • ‘Though relegated in the league they will still be competing in the senior championship in 2005.’
      • ‘Inferior premier league football clubs get relegated and replaced by new contenders every season.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

relegate

/ˈrɛlɪɡeɪt/