relegate

  1. assign to a class or kind

    Synonyms : classify
    Type Of : assign, attribute
    Examples :
    • People argue about how to relegate certain mushrooms
  2. assign to a lower position; reduce in rank

    Synonyms : break, bump, demote, kick downstairs
    Type Of : delegate, designate, depute, assign
  3. refer to another person for decision or judgment

    Synonyms : pass on, submit
    Type Of : submit
    Examples :
    • She likes to relegate difficult questions to her colleagues
  4. expel, as if by official decree

    Synonyms : banish, bar
    Type Of : throw out, expel, kick out

regale

  1. provide with choice or abundant food or drink

    Synonyms : treat
    Type Of : ply, provide, supply, cater

refute

  1. overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof

    Synonyms : rebut
    Type Of : repudiate, disown, renounce
    Examples :
    • The speaker refuted his opponent's arguments
  2. prove to be false or incorrect

    Synonyms : controvert, rebut
    Type Of : disprove, confute

referendum

  1. a legislative act is referred for final approval to a popular vote by the electorate

    Type Of : vote

redundant

  1. more than is needed, desired, or required

    Synonyms : excess, extra, spare, supererogatory, superfluous, supernumerary, surplus
    Examples :
    • yet another book on heraldry might be thought redundant
    • skills made redundant by technological advance
  2. repetition of same sense in different words

    Synonyms : pleonastic, tautologic, tautological
    Examples :
    • at the risk of being redundant I return to my original proposition

redress

  1. act of correcting an error or a fault or an evil

    Synonyms : remediation, remedy
    Type Of : correction, rectification
  2. a sum of money paid in compensation for loss or injury

    Synonyms : amends, damages, indemnification, indemnity, restitution
    Type Of : compensation
  3. make reparations or amends for

    Synonyms : compensate, correct, right
    Type Of : modify, change, alter

redolent

  1. (used with `of' or `with') noticeably odorous

    Synonyms : smelling
    Examples :
    • the hall was redolent of floor wax
    • air redolent with the fumes of beer and whiskey
  2. having a strong pleasant odor

    Synonyms : aromatic
    Examples :
    • the pine woods were more redolent
  3. serving to bring to mind

    Synonyms : evocative, remindful, reminiscent, resonant
    Examples :
    • cannot forbear to close on this redolent literary note
    • a campaign redolent of machine politics

red tape

  1. needlessly time-consuming procedure

    Synonyms : bureaucratic procedure
    Type Of : procedure

recuperate

  1. regain or make up for

    Synonyms : recoup, recover
    Type Of : acquire, get
    Examples :
    • recuperate one's losses
  2. get over an illness or shock

    Synonyms : convalesce, recover
    Antonyms : deteriorate
    Type Of : meliorate, ameliorate, better, improve
  3. regain a former condition after a financial loss

    Synonyms : go back, recover
    Type Of : turn back, regress, retrovert, return, revert
    Examples :
    • The company managed to recuperate
  4. restore to good health or strength

    Type Of : cure, bring around, heal

recluse

  1. one who lives in solitude

    Synonyms : hermit, solitary, solitudinarian, troglodyte
    Type Of : lone hand, lone wolf, loner
  2. withdrawn from society; seeking solitude

    Synonyms : reclusive, withdrawn