Relegate \Rel"e*gate\ (r?l"?-g?t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Relegated} (-g?`t?d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Relegating}.] [L. relegatus, p. p. of relegare; pref. re- re- + legare to send with a commission or charge. See {Legate}.] To remove, usually to an inferior position; to consign; to transfer; specifically, to send into exile; to banish. It [the Latin language] was relegated into the study of the scholar. --Milman. web1913
relegate v 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" [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}] wn