Relegate means "to assign to a lower position." If the quarterback of the football team stops making decent throws, he might be relegated to the position of benchwarmer.

Relegate rhymes with delegate — both words derive from the Latin legare, "to send." Relegate means to send someone down in rank. Delegate means to send someone in your place to complete a task. In the workplace, managers who can't figure out how to delegate may get relegated to a lesser rank.

Definitions of relegate
  1. verb
    assign to a lower position; reduce in rank
    synonyms: break, bump, demote, kick downstairs
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    advance, elevate, kick upstairs, promote, raise, upgrade
    give a promotion to or assign to a higher position
    remove from the center of activity or attention; place into an inferior position
    bring to humbler or weaker state or condition
    type of:
    assign, delegate, depute, designate
    give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)
  2. verb
    assign to a class or kind
    “People argue about how to relegate certain mushrooms”
    synonyms: classify
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    type of:
    assign, attribute
    decide as to where something belongs in a scheme
  3. verb
    refer to another person for decision or judgment
    “She likes to relegate difficult questions to her colleagues”
    synonyms: pass on, submit
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    type of:
    subject, submit
    refer for judgment or consideration
  4. verb
    expel, as if by official decree
    synonyms: banish, bar
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    stand in the way of
    type of:
    expel, kick out, throw out
    force to leave or move out
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