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Definition of "relegate" [rel•e•gate]

  • To assign to an obscure place, position, or condition. (verb-transitive)
  • To assign to a particular class or category; classify. See Synonyms at commit. (verb-transitive)
  • To refer or assign (a matter or task, for example) for decision or action. (verb-transitive)
  • To send to a place of exile; banish. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "relegate" in a sentence
  • "I've decided that the word relegate is too boring on its own and needs the 'ma' to spice things up a bit."
  • "The musicians soon realized the name could relegate the group to a career of obscurity."
  • "Keeping a journal about your experience may help relegate the emotional trauma of divorce to part of your past, not your present."