V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. refer or assign to another person for decision or judgment; 2. assign to a class or particular kind; 3. to demote somebody or something to an obscure status or condition
Synonyms: accredit, assign, charge, consign, transfer, entrust, allocate, classify, appropriate, stipulate, demote, deport, dismiss, banish
Antonyms: withhold, adopt, embrace, promote, invite, welcome
Tips: Relegation is a related word and denotes a process of movement into a different rank or position. Someone can face relegation as a result of poor performance. A topic can be relegated to the middle of the newspaper if it does not warrant front page placement. To relegate a task is to entrust it to someone else. This usage of the word is common in business.
Janet needed to relegate her research to colleagues so she could rush to meet her boss for their appointment. (assign, consign)
There is some disagreement whether the tomato is relegated a fruit or a vegetable. (classified)
Since the company couldn't force him to retire, he was relegated to a titular position without any power or purpose. (banished, demoted)
I was relegated to the sidelines for the rest of the soccer season, due to my broken ankle. (banished, dismissed)
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