Definition of delegation in English:

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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.
deputation, delegacy, legation, (diplomatic) mission, commission;
delegates, representatives, envoys, emissaries, deputies;
contingent, group, party, body
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.
assignment, entrusting, giving, committal, devolution, deputation, transference


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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