To assign to a lower position or to classify something.
Assign an inferior rank or position to.
“It won’t go down as a season to be remembered in Workington Town’s history books as 2016 saw the club relegated to League One”
Synonyms: downgrade, lower, lower in rank/status, put down, move down; consign, banish, exile; demote, degrade, declass, strip someone of their rank, reduce to the ranks, disrate, drum out; bust
transfer (a sports team) to a lower division of a league.
“United were relegated to division two”
“Sainsbury’s and M&S relegate ‘Easter’ from chocolate eggs.”
He ordained that his disciples should speak well and think reverently of the Gods, muses and heroes, and likewise of parents and benefactors; that they should obey the laws; that they should not relegate the worship of the Gods to a secondary position, performing it eagerly, even at home; that to the celestial divinities they should sacrifice uncommon offerings; and ordinary ones to the inferior deities. (The world he Divided into) opposite powers; the “one” was a better monad , light, right, equal, stable and straight; while the “other” was an inferior duad , darkness, left, unequal, unstable and movable.
— Porphyry of Tyre, in “The Life of Pythagoras” as translated by Kenneth Sylvan Guthrie in The Pythagorean Sourcebook and Library: An Anthology of Ancient Writings which Relate to Pythagoras and Pythagorean Philosophy (1919); also quoted in The Golden Chain: An Anthology of Pythagorean and Platonic Philosophy (2004) by Algis Uzdavinys
I believe there is no part of our lives, our adult as well as child life, when we’re not fantasizing, but we prefer to relegate fantasy to children, as though it were some tomfoolery only fit for the immature minds of the young. Children do live in fantasy and reality; they move back and forth very easily in a way we no longer remember how to do.
— Maurice Sendak