- 1relegate somebody/something (to something) to give somebody a lower or less important position, rank, etc. than before She was then relegated to the role of assistant. He relegated the incident to the back of his mind.
- 2[usually passive] relegate something (especially British English) to move a sports team, especially a football (soccer ) team, to a lower position within an official league opposite promote See related entries: Soccer Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘send into exile’): from Latin relegat-
BrE BrE//ˈrelɪɡeɪt//; NAmE NAmE//ˈrelɪɡeɪt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they relegate
BrE BrE//ˈrelɪɡeɪt//; NAmE NAmE//ˈrelɪɡeɪt//he / she / it relegates
BrE BrE//ˈrelɪɡeɪts//; NAmE NAmE//ˈrelɪɡeɪts//past simple relegated
BrE BrE//ˈrelɪɡeɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈrelɪɡeɪtɪd//past participle relegated
BrE BrE//ˈrelɪɡeɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈrelɪɡeɪtɪd//-ing form relegating
BrE BrE//ˈrelɪɡeɪtɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈrelɪɡeɪtɪŋ//Soccer