Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To assign to an obscure place, position, or condition.
  • transitive v. To assign to a particular class or category; classify. See Synonyms at commit.
  • transitive v. To refer or assign (a matter or task, for example) for decision or action.
  • transitive v. To send to a place of exile; banish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Relegated; exiled.
  • n. A person who has been banished from proximity to Rome for a set time, but without losing his civil rights.
  • v. Exile, banish, remove, or send away.
  • v. Consign or assign.
  • v. Refer or submit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To remove, usually to an inferior position; to consign; to transfer; specifically, to send into exile; to banish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To send away or out of the way; consign, as to some obscure or remote destination; banish; dismiss.
  • In Roman law, to send into exile; cause to remove a certain distance from Rome for a certain period.
  • In law, to remit or put off to an inferior remedy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. expel, as if by official decree
  • v. assign to a lower position; reduce in rank
  • v. refer to another person for decision or judgment
  • v. assign to a class or kind

Etymologies

Middle English relegaten, to banish, from Latin relēgāre, relēgāt- : re-, re- + lēgāre, to send, depute; see leg- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First attested in 1561: from relēgāt-, the perfect passive participial stem of relēgō (“I dispatch”, “I banish”). (Wiktionary)
First attested circa 1550: from the Classical Latin relēgātus ("banished person”, “exile"), the nominative singular masculine substantive form of relēgātus, the perfect passive participle of relēgō (“I dispatch”, “I banish”). (Wiktionary)
First attested circa 1425: from the Classical Latin relēgātus, the perfect passive participle of relēgō (“I dispatch”, “I banish”). (Wiktionary)

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