delegate

noun
del·​e·​gate | \ ˈde-li-gət How to pronounce delegate (audio) , -ˌgāt How to pronounce delegate (audio) \

Definition of delegate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person acting for another: such as
a : a representative to a convention or conference U.N. delegates from African nations The nominee netted a handful of delegates in the state's caucus.
b government : a representative of a U.S. territory in the House of Representatives
c government : a member of the lower house of the legislature of Maryland, Virginia, or West Virginia

delegate

verb
del·​e·​gate | \ ˈde-li-ˌgāt How to pronounce delegate (audio) \
delegated; delegating

Definition of delegate (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to entrust to another delegate authority delegated the task to her assistant
2 : to appoint as one's representative

intransitive verb

: to assign responsibility or authority a good manager knows how to delegate

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Other Words from delegate

Verb

delegatee \ ˌde-​li-​gə-​ˈtē How to pronounce delegate (audio) \ noun
delegator \ ˈde-​li-​ˌgā-​tər How to pronounce delegate (audio) \ noun

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Verb

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.

Examples of delegate in a Sentence

Noun the U.N. delegates from African countries He's been chosen as a delegate to the convention. Verb A manager should delegate authority to the best employees. Those chores can be delegated to someone else. He doesn't delegate very well.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But that appointment went to Charles Sydnor III, who was also a state delegate at the time. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, 2 July 2021 Two years later, the Bill Clinton for President Committee named her Carroll County campaign manager and a delegate to the Democratic Convention in New York City. Frederick N. Rasmussen, baltimoresun.com, 5 Aug. 2021 Stolle was known during his years as a delegate for his expertise in health care. Washington Post, 4 June 2021 West’s attorney in the case, Curt Hartman, was an Ohio delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention and is the GOP nominee this year for a Hamilton County Common Pleas Court judicial seat. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, 28 Aug. 2020 In the end, only four candidates met the requirement of 200 delegate signatures to qualify to be endorsed. Sarah Kolinovsky, ABC News, 10 Aug. 2021 He was denied election as a Republican delegate in his precinct and failed to secure a nomination. Carly Roman, Washington Examiner, 24 Apr. 2021 In addition to the lawsuit that the parents lost, a delegate in the General Assembly filed legislation, which later died in committee, to lessen the voting influence of the student member. Jacob Calvin Meyer, baltimoresun.com, 3 Apr. 2021 Another delegate, John Calvelli was from the Bronx. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Continuing those partnerships also ties in with efforts to delegate some of the nonviolent, nonemergency police calls to civilians. Editorial Board, Star Tribune, 20 July 2021 The three things CEOs can never delegate are vision, values and culture. George Bradt, Forbes, 29 June 2021 These are the four critical functions CEOs should not delegate. David Qu, Forbes, 17 May 2021 Use your quick mind to streamline your job or delegate some of your duties. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 26 Feb. 2021 Remember, the most successful business owners know how to delegate. Seth Lederman, Forbes, 22 June 2021 NFTs are digital assets that delegate ownership of a virtual item like a picture, tweet or video, typically paid for in ethereum cryptocurrency. Keith Jenkins, The Enquirer, 23 July 2021 Hiring a solo software developer is a plug-and-play solution to temporarily augment the team or delegate a particular task on a one-off basis. Robert Krajewski, Forbes, 8 Apr. 2021 The Court’s decision rested on the premise that lawmakers did not intend to delegate the intricacies of this subsidy decision to others. Dina Fine Maron, Scientific American, 25 June 2015

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First Known Use of delegate

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1530, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for delegate

Noun and Verb

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

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More Definitions for delegate

delegate

noun

English Language Learners Definition of delegate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

delegate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of delegate (Entry 2 of 2)

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

delegate

noun
del·​e·​gate | \ ˈde-li-gət How to pronounce delegate (audio) \

Kids Definition of delegate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

delegate

verb
del·​e·​gate | \ ˈde-lə-ˌgāt How to pronounce delegate (audio) \
delegated; delegating

Kids Definition of delegate (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to entrust to another The voters delegate power to their elected officials.
2 : to make responsible for getting something done We were delegated to clean up.

delegate

noun
del·​e·​gate | \ ˈde-li-gət How to pronounce delegate (audio) \

Legal Definition of delegate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

delegate

verb
del·​e·​gate | \ ˈde-li-ˌgāt How to pronounce delegate (audio) \
delegated; delegating

Legal Definition of delegate (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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
2 : to appoint as one's representative

intransitive verb

: to transfer responsibility or authority

History and Etymology for delegate

Noun

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

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