Definition of relegate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    relegate

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
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  1. 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. 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
  3. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘send into exile’): from Latin relegat- ‘sent away, referred’, from the verb relegare, from re- ‘again’ + legare ‘send’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: relegate