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delegate

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noun del·e·gate \ˈde-li-gət, -ˌgāt\

Simple Definition of delegate

  • : a person who is chosen or elected to vote or act for others

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of delegate

  1. :  a person acting for another: as a :  a representative to a convention or conference b :  a representative of a United States territory in the House of Representatives c :  a member of the lower house of the legislature of Maryland, Virginia, or West Virginia

Examples of delegate in a sentence

  1. the U.N. delegates from African countries

  2. He's been chosen as a delegate to the convention.



Origin and Etymology of delegate

Middle English delegat, from Medieval Latin delegatus, from Latin, past participle of delegare to delegate, from de- + legare to send — more at legate


First Known Use: 15th century


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delegate

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verb del·e·gate \-ˌgāt\

Simple Definition of delegate

  • : to give (control, responsibility, authority, etc.) to someone : to trust someone with (a job, duty, etc.)

  • : to choose (someone) to do something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of delegate

delegated

delegating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to entrust to another <delegate authority>

  3. 2 :  to appoint as one's representative

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to assign responsibility or authority <a good manager knows how to delegate>

delegatee

play \ˌde-li-gə-ˈtē\ noun

delegator

play \ˈde-li-ˌgā-tər\ noun

Examples of delegate in a sentence

  1. A manager should delegate authority to the best employees.

  2. Those chores can be delegated to someone else.

  3. He doesn't delegate very well.



Did You Know?

To "delegate" is literally or figuratively to send another in one's place, an idea that is reflected in the word’s origin; it is a descendant of Latin legare, meaning "to send as an emissary." Other English words that can be traced back to "legare" include "legate" ("a usually official emissary"), "legacy," "colleague," and "relegate." The noun delegate, meaning "a person acting for another," entered English in the 15th century, followed by the verb in the next century.

1530

First Known Use of delegate

1530


DELEGATE Defined for Kids

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delegate

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noun del·e·gate \ˈde-li-gət\

Definition of delegate for Students

  1. :  a person sent with power to act for another or others




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delegate

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verb del·e·gate \ˈde-lə-ˌgāt\

Definition of delegate for Students

delegated

delegating

  1. 1 :  to entrust to another <The voters delegate power to their elected officials.>

  2. 2 :  to make responsible for getting something done <We were delegated to clean up.>




Law Dictionary

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delegate

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noun del·e·gate \ˈde-li-gət\

Legal Definition of delegate

  1. :  a person empowered to act on behalf of another: as a :  a person who is authorized to perform another's duties under a contract b :  a representative to a convention (as of a political party) or conference c :  a representative of a U.S. territory in the House of Representatives d :  a member of the lower house of the legislature of Maryland, Virginia, or West Virginia



Origin and Etymology of delegate

Medieval Latin delegatus, from Latin, past participle of delegare to appoint, put in charge


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delegate

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verb del·e·gate \ˈde-li-ˌgāt\

Legal Definition of delegate

delegated

delegating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to entrust or transfer (as power, authority, or responsibility) to another: as a :  to transfer (one's contractual duties) to another b :  to empower a body (as an administrative agency) to perform (a governmental function) — see also nondelegation doctrine

  3. 2 :  to appoint as one's representative

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to transfer responsibility or authority





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