Definition of delegate in English:


Syllabification: del·e·gate


Pronunciation: /ˈdeligit
  • 1A person sent or authorized to represent others, in particular an elected representative sent to a conference.
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    • First, about 27 districts sent two delegates (double representation) to this congress.
    • As a conference delegate representing the region, she has already successfully moved several resolutions.
    • He is our delegate, elected to represent our wishes to the best of his ability.
    representative, envoy, emissary, commissioner, agent, deputy, commissary; spokesperson, spokesman, spokeswoman; ambassador, plenipotentiary
  • 1.1A member of a committee.
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    • Following this process, most of the vetoes were then actioned by US delegates to the committee.
    • They set up soviets - committees of workers' delegates.
    • The argument was between the committee delegates who have ordinary jobs as well as positions in the union and the full time union officials who lead the pay negotiations.


Pronunciation: /ˈdeləˌgāt
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  • 1Entrust (a task or responsibility) to another person, typically one who is less senior than oneself: he delegates routine tasks the power delegated to him must never be misused
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    • Similarly, if a questionnaire is sent to a manager in a firm, the task may simply be delegated to someone else.
    • Managerial tasks could be delegated to others.
    • Now that states have responsibility for the registration list, this task should not be delegated to localities.
    assign, entrust, pass on, hand on/over, turn over, devolve, depute, transfer
  • 1.1 [with object and infinitive] Send or authorize (someone) to do something as a representative: Edward was delegated to meet new arrivals
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    • I've delegated three people to rectify the problem, but none of them seem to know what the problem is.
    • The committee delegated members of the council to enter into negotiations with a suitable bar and catering contractor.
    • In the past he has delegated someone to read those that are written in languages he finds difficult.
    authorize, commission, depute, appoint, nominate, mandate, empower, charge, choose, designate, elect



Pronunciation: /-gəbəl/
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  • Executive power is delegable, but judicial & legislative powers aren't.
  • Yes, but what we have here is extended delegable powers, and the real fear is that that will create regional inconsistencies.
  • What is delegable is the discharge of particular functions.


Pronunciation: /-ˌgātər/
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  • Therefore, they tend to be excellent delegators.
  • It also demonstrates that the President is either an over-zealous delegator, plain lazy or lacking the intelligence to sort out the wheat from the chaff himself.
  • A self-confessed appalling delegator, he wanted to run the club as a dictatorship of sorts, his final say status extending to even the most trivial aspects.


late Middle English: from Latin delegatus 'sent on a commission', from the verb delegare, from de- 'down' + legare 'depute'.

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