Definition of delegation in English:


Line breaks: dele|ga¦tion
Pronunciation: /dɛlɪˈɡeɪʃ(ə)n


1 [treated as singular or plural] A body of delegates or representatives; a deputation: a delegation of teachers
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  • Other workers should organise delegations to council picket lines in every area.
  • But there is no automatic right of Scottish representation in UK delegations.
  • At the same time, each of the four delegations present includes Pashtun representation.
2 [mass noun] The action or process of delegating or being delegated: the delegation of power to the district councils
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  • It appears that the trustees' power of delegation cannot be excluded by the settler.
  • There's no vote and no delegation of power to experts or a committee by the group.
  • The Government was right to realise the need for more delegation of powers from Whitehall.


early 17th century (denoting the action or process of delegating; also in the sense 'delegated power'): from Latin delegatio(n-), from delegare 'send on a commission' (see delegate).

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