Definition of relegate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrɛlɪɡeɪt/


[with object]
1Assign an inferior rank or position to: they aim to prevent women from being relegated to a secondary role
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  • 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.
  • Most of them were relegated to rear echelon positions or they were stewards on the boats or on the ships.
  • We feel that economic failure has created a situation where survival and law have been relegated to antagonistic positions.
downgrade, lower, lower in rank/status, put down, move down;
consign, banish, exile;
demote, degrade, declass, strip someone of their rank, reduce to the ranks, disrate, drum out;
North American  bust
1.1British Transfer (a sports team) to a lower division of a league: United were relegated to division two
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  • 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.
  • 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'.

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