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Topic: SPORT

Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of relegare 'to send back to do a job'

relegate

verb
     
rel‧e‧gate [transitive]
1 formal to give someone or something a less important position than before
relegate somebody/something to something
Women tended to be relegated to typing and filing jobs.
2 British EnglishDS if a sports team is relegated, it is moved into a lower division [≠ promote]
relegate something/somebody to something
We were relegated to the Fourth Division last year.
relegation noun [uncountable]
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