verb (used with object), rel·e·gat·ed, rel·e·gat·ing.

  1. to send or consign to an inferior position, place, or condition: He has been relegated to a post at the fringes of the diplomatic service.
  2. to consign or commit (a matter, task, etc.), as to a person: He relegates the less pleasant tasks to his assistant.
  3. to assign or refer (something) to a particular class or kind.
  4. to send into exile; banish.

verb (tr)

  1. to move to a position of less authority, importance, etc; demote
  2. (usually passive) mainly British to demote (a football team, etc) to a lower division
  3. to assign or refer (a matter) to another or others, as for action or decision
  4. (foll by to) to banish or exile
  5. to assign (something) to a particular group or category

1580s, from Latin relegationem (nominative relegatio), noun of action from past participle stem of relegare (see relegate).


1590s “to banish, send into exile,” from Latin relegatus, past participle of relegare “remove, dismiss, banish, send away, schedule, put aside,” from re- “back” (see re-) + legare “send with a commission” (see legate). Meaning “place in a position of inferiority” is recorded from 1790. Related: Relegated; relegating; relegable.

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