|Origin:||, past participle of relegare 'to send back to do a job'|
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]