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English verb: relegate

1. relegate (social) refer to another person for decision or judgment

SamplesShe likes to relegate difficult questions to her colleagues.

Synonymspass on, submit

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something to somebody

Broader (hypernym)subject, submit

2. relegate (social) assign to a lower position; reduce in rank

SamplesShe was demoted because she always speaks up.
He was broken down to Sergeant.

Synonymsbreak, bump, demote, kick downstairs

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)assign, delegate, depute, designate

Narrower (hyponym)reduce, sideline

Antonymselevate, kick upstairs, promote, upgrade, advance, raise

3. relegate (social) expel, as if by official decree

SamplesHe was banished from his own country.

Synonymsbanish, bar

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody PP

Broader (hypernym)expel, kick out, throw out

Narrower (hyponym)spike

4. relegate (cognition) assign to a class or kind

SamplesHow should algae be classified?.
People argue about how to relegate certain mushrooms.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)assign, attribute

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