1
[ verb ] refer to another person for decision or judgment

Synonyms

submit pass_on

Examples

"She likes to relegate difficult questions to her colleagues"

Used in print

(Chicago Daily Tribune...)

His addle-brained knight-errant , self appointed to the ridiculous position in an age when armor had already been relegated to museums and the chivalrous code of knight-errantry had become a joke , is , as Cervantes no_doubt intended , a gaunt but gracious symbol of good , moving soberly and sincerely in a world of cynics , hypocrites and rogues .

Related terms

submit delegating

2
[ verb ] assign to a lower position; reduce in rank

Examples

"She was demoted because she always speaks up" "He was broken down to Sargeant"

Used in print

(Los Angeles Times...)

Shunted aside by the rampant organizers for John_F._Kennedy last year , who relegated it to a somewhat subordinate role in the Presidential campaign , the CDC plainly intends to provide the party 's campaign muscle in 1962 .

(Joseph E. Choate, "The American Boating Scene"...)

As the ungoverned days of the automobile and the airplane are long_since relegated to the past , so is the carefree attitude toward what a boatman may and may_not do ; must and should do .

3
[ verb ] assign to a class or kind

Synonyms

classify

Examples

"How should algae be classified?" "People argue about how to relegate certain mushrooms"

4
[ verb ] expel, as if by official decree

Synonyms

bar banish

Examples

"he was banished from his own country"

Related terms

expel spike relegation

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