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relegate

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Definition assign to a less important position or classification
  • Decades of slow growth have relegated the country to third-class status in international affairs.
relegated = assigned to a less important position or classification
  • She's been relegated to the sidelines.
  • She likes to relegate difficult questions to her colleagues
  • The Chief Justice wrote: "We see no reason why the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment, as much a part of the Bill of Rights as the First Amendment or Fourth Amendment, should be relegated to the status of a poor relation."
    Timothy Lynch  --  Property Rights and "Rough Proportionality"  --  http://www.cato.org/pubs/regulation/reg17n3-lynch.html (retrieved 06/28/06)
  • That evening the story had been relegated to the bottom of page one:
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • relegated = assigned to a less important position
  • Old friendships, tucked away like treasures, relegated to tokens of yesterday.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • relegated = assign to a less important position
  • It was true that Ms. Richter often solicited David's opinion while Max was relegated to the role of silent spectator.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • relegated = assigned to a less important position
  • Fielding, too, had his anxieties ... but he relegated them to the edge of his mind, and forbade them to infect its core.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • relegated = assigned to a less important position
  • We were therefore relegated to the cesspools.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • relegated = assigned to a less important position or classification
  • The little stove no longer occupied a central place; it had been relegated to a tiny spot in the corner of the room.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • relegated = assigned to a less important position or classification
  • Segregation ... ends up relegating persons to the status of things.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  • relegating = assigning to a less important classification
  • I think she never taught Isabelle how to cook because she was afraid that if she did, Isabelle would be relegated to the kitchen permanently.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • relegated = assigned to a less important position or classification
  • They were relegated to competing in their own leagues,
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • relegated = assigned (a less important classification)
  • ...relegates women to roles that are little more than servants and...
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Betrayed
  • relegates = assigns to a less important position or classification
  • Or I could stay by my children's side, relegating another generation to the same misery and poverty I knew so well.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique's Journey
  • relegating = assigning to a lesser position
  • Two minutes before, I hadn't even wanted to celebrate, but now I was feeling dejected and insulted at being relegated to a midweek dinner at the same place we always went to.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • relegated = assigned to a less important position or classification
  • He claimed that the responsibility for a decision could never be abandoned to a blind agency but could only be relegated to human decisions more and more remote from their consequences.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • relegated = assigned
  • ...for the most part she relegated Henry Chao to a kind of netherworld, in which he was not so much a person and potential threat as a spirit that could be scared off by a good loud noise.
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American
  • relegated = assigned to a less important position or classification
  • When she was little and her second-grade class was making necktie cards for Father's Day, she was relegated to sitting in the corner with the girl whose dad had died prematurely at age forty-two of cancer.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • relegated = assigned to a less important position or classification
  • Like the ancient Sophists, he relegates the more important principles of ethics to custom and probability.
    Plato  --  Meno

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