transitive verb (-gated; -gating) Etymology: Latin relegatus, past participle of relegare, from re- + legare to send with a commission — more at legate Date: 1599 1. to send into exile ; banish 2. assign: as a. to assign to a place of insignificance or of oblivion ; put out of sight or mind b. to assign to an appropriate place or situation on the basis of classification or appraisal c. to submit to someone or something for appropriate action ; delegate d. to transfer (a sports team) to a lower ranking division Synonyms: see commitrelegation noun

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  • relegate — [v1] assign, transfer accredit, charge, commend, commit, confide, consign, credit, delegate, entrust, hand over, pass on, refer, turn over; concepts 41,143 Ant. assume, hold, keep relegate [v2] banish, downgrade demote, deport, dismiss, displace …   New thesaurus

  • Relegate — Rel e*gate (r?l ? g?t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Relegated} ( g? t?d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Relegating}.] [L. relegatus, p. p. of relegare; pref. re re + legare to send with a commission or charge. See {Legate}.] To remove, usually to an inferior… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • relegate — I verb allocate, assign, ban, banish, bar, cast out, consign, convey, delegate, deport, depute, discard, dislodge, dismiss, dispatch, displace, elide, eliminate, entrust, eradicate, exclude, excommunicate, exile, expatriate, expel, isolate, omit …   Law dictionary

  • relegate — 1580s 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 (Cf. legate)). Meaning place in a position of inferiority is recorded… …   Etymology dictionary

  • relegate — vb *commit, entrust, confide, consign Analogous words: refer, assign, credit, accredit, charge (see ASCRIBE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • relegate — ► VERB 1) place in an inferior rank or position. 2) (usu. be relegated) Brit. transfer (a sports team) to a lower division of a league. DERIVATIVES relegation noun. ORIGIN Latin relegare send away …   English terms dictionary

  • relegate — [rel′ə gāt΄] vt. relegated, relegating [< L relegatus, pp. of relegare, to send away < re , away, back + legare, to send: see LEGATE] 1. to exile or banish (someone) to a specified place 2. to consign or assign to an inferior position:… …   English World dictionary

  • relegate — v. 1) (d; tr.) to relegate to (to relegate smb. to second class status) 2) (misc.) (GB) to relegate a team to the second division * * * [ relɪgeɪt] (misc.) (GB) to relegate a team to the second division (d;tr.) to relegate to (to relegatesmb. to… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • relegate — UK [ˈreləɡeɪt] / US [ˈreləˌɡeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms relegate : present tense I/you/we/they relegate he/she/it relegates present participle relegating past tense relegated past participle relegated to move someone or something to a less… …   English dictionary

  • relegate — rel|e|gate [ˈrelıgeıt] v [T] [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of relegare to send back to do a job ] 1.) formal to give someone or something a less important position than before relegate sb/sth to sth ▪ Women tended to be… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • relegate — [[t]re̱lɪgeɪt[/t]] relegates, relegating, relegated 1) VERB If you relegate someone or something to a less important position, you give them this position. [V n to n] Might it not be better to relegate the King to a purely ceremonial function? …   English dictionary

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