del·​e·​ga·​tion | \ ˌde-li-ˈgā-shən How to pronounce delegation (audio) \

Definition of delegation

1 : the act of empowering to act for another the delegation of responsibilities
2 : a group of persons chosen to represent others the state's congressional delegation

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Synonyms for delegation


contingent, delegacy

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What Is a delegation?

The task of a delegation—each member of which can be called a delegate—is to represent a larger group, often at a conference. Thus, a delegation of nondoctors to a medical convention may want to make sure the rights and needs of patients aren't ignored, just as a delegation of laypeople may attend a religious conference to express the concerns of other laypeople.

Examples of delegation in a Sentence

He's been chosen to lead the delegation to the conference. a delegation from the local scout troop is being sent to the national jamboree

Recent Examples on the Web

The Saudi delegation signed $20 billion in investment deals and vowed to free thousands of Pakistani prisoners in Saudi custody. Ashok Sharma, The Seattle Times, "Saudi crown prince backs India’s fight against terrorism," 20 Feb. 2019 This year’s conference was attended by the largest U.S. bipartisan delegation to date. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, "Munich Conference Highlights a Divided U.S.," 17 Feb. 2019 Team official and former international Ognjen Vukojevic was expelled from the delegation for making a pro-Ukraine video with defender Domagoj Vida., "England vs. Croatia: What to watch for in today's World Cup semifinal," 11 July 2018 All four members of the Idaho delegation stayed for the entire seven hours. Nate Poppino, idahostatesman, "Nuclear tests gave these Idahoans cancer, they say. Will Congress support them now?," 27 June 2018 The 18-member delegation from Puerto Vallarta included government representatives, teachers and artists. Karen Berkowitz,, "Puerta Vallarta and Highland Park work to show value of people-to-people diplomacy," 13 July 2018 Yet less than 24 hours after Barstool Sports ranked U of L the second-strongest candidate to add pucks to its NCAA Division I profile, university administrators met Tuesday with a delegation aiming at the same goal. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Ice hockey on campus? University of Louisville has 'preliminary' chat," 10 July 2018 Although warmly greeting Defense secretary James Mattis in Singapore, delegations from France, Germany and India groused about similar levies on their metals and vowed to retaliate on a wide range of agricultural products. Carl Prine,, "Mattis acknowledges 'unusual ways' of administration, calls for patience at Asian talks," 2 June 2018 To continue reading this story, TRY IT NOW The students organized a larger conversation about school safety with peers across Bexar County, and delegations from other schools met with them Friday at the Anne Frank campus on the Northwest Side. Krista Torralva, San Antonio Express-News, "Classroom talk turns into school safety symposium," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of delegation

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for delegation

see delegate entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of delegation

: a group of people who are chosen to vote or act for someone else
formal : the act of giving control, authority, a job, a duty, etc., to another person


del·​e·​ga·​tion | \ ˌde-lə-ˈgā-shən How to pronounce delegation (audio) \

Kids Definition of delegation

1 : the act of giving someone authority or responsibility for
2 : one or more persons chosen to represent others


del·​e·​ga·​tion | \ ˌde-li-ˈgā-shən How to pronounce delegation (audio) \

Legal Definition of delegation

1 : the act of delegating
2 : a group of persons chosen to represent others

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