del·e·ga·tion | \ ˌde-li-ˈgā-shən \

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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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

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Nelson also credited the bipartisan effort of the Florida congressional delegation, whose members have worked together to get spending bills passed to fund smaller segments of the project. David Smiley And Mary Ellen Klas, miamiherald, "Florida’s politicians use slimy algae to muddy each other," 11 July 2018 According to the story, the U.S. delegation to the United Nations–affiliated World Health Assembly had pressured countries to drop a provision intended to encourage breastfeeding and promote regulations on the marketing of formula. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "Donald Trump Tweets About Breastfeeding—But Misses the Whole Point," 10 July 2018 The city of Charlotte has also been planning to send a delegation, including Lyles. Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "As Charlotte debates hosting GOP, Las Vegas still hoping for upset win," 9 July 2018 The very act of sending a delegation was the beginning of binding this new country together. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "The new trustbusters," 3 July 2018 Democrats were not a part of the delegation, a story on the CNBC website said. Mitch Mitchell, star-telegram, "Fort Worth Congresswoman Kay Granger in Moscow meeting with Russian officials," 3 July 2018 The team planned to send a small delegation to Washington, and when they were uninvited by President Trump, the Eagles were ready to practice again. Zach Berman,, "Eagles offseason workout review: What was learned, who stood out, what's unanswered, and what's next," 15 June 2018 Moon’s administration quickly negotiated for Pyongyang to send a delegation to the Olympics, paying most of the North Koreans’ expenses. Matt Stiles,, "South Korea's president was matchmaker for the nuclear summit — but could take the blame if it fails," 7 June 2018 With the 2019 Super Bowl coming to Mercedes Benz Stadium, the city of Atlanta sent a delegation of 22 officials to Minneapolis in February to learn about the challenges that come with hosting one of the world’s biggest sporting events. Dan Klepal, ajc, "Atlanta Mayor Bottoms: Taxpayers improperly paid husband’s airfare," 6 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

: the act of giving control, authority, a job, a duty, etc., to another person


del·e·ga·tion | \ ˌde-lə-ˈgā-shən \

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 \

Legal Definition of delegation 

1 : the act of delegating

2 : a group of persons chosen to represent others

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