AskDefine | Define relegate

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1 refer to another person for decision or judgment; "She likes to relegate difficult questions to her colleagues" [syn: pass on, submit]
2 assign to a lower position; reduce in rank; "She was demoted because she always speaks up"; "He was broken down to Sargeant" [syn: demote, bump, break, kick downstairs] [ant: promote]
3 expel, as if by official decree; "he was banished from his own country" [syn: banish, bar]
4 assign to a class or kind; "How should algae be classified?"; "People argue about how to relegate certain mushrooms" [syn: classify]

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  1. To assign to a lower position; downgrade.
    She got the promotion and he was relegated to assistant.


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