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tr.v. rel·e·gat·ed, rel·e·gat·ing, rel·e·gates
1. To consign to an inferior or obscure place, rank, category, or condition: an artist's work that is now relegated to storerooms; a group that has been relegated to the status of second-class citizens.
2. To refer or assign (a matter or task, for example) for decision or action: relegate the teaching of writing to graduate students; relegate the matter to a committee.
[Middle English relegaten, to banish, from Latin relēgāre, relēgāt- : re-, re- + lēgāre, to send, depute; see leg- in Indo-European roots.]
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|Noun||1.||relegating - authorizing subordinates to make certain decisions|
empowerment, authorisation, authorization - the act of conferring legality or sanction or formal warrant
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