delegation

noun
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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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 Alarm in Washington and other capitals is so high that on Friday the highest-level U.S. delegation in years visited the Solomon Islands. NBC News, 24 Apr. 2022 Matti Maasikas, head of the E.U. delegation in Ukraine, also tweeted a picture of the E.U. flag, signaling his return to Kyiv after the office temporarily moved to Poland during the Russian invasion. Washington Post, 10 Apr. 2022 Meanwhile, the leader of Russia's delegation in diplomatic talks with Ukraine said the sides have narrowed their differences. Arkansas Online, 19 Mar. 2022 Meanwhile, the leader of Russia’s delegation in diplomatic talks with Ukraine said the sides have narrowed their differences. Cara Anna, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 Mar. 2022 None of the members of the Atlanta delegation in the Legislature, who are all Democrats, was there. J.d. Capelouto, ajc, 11 Feb. 2022 The most progressive delegation in Beijing is also very likely to be the most successful. Ben Cohen, WSJ, 7 Feb. 2022 Alaska’s delegation in a joint statement last week also celebrated that the infrastructure bill will provide $25 million to bolster a failing portion of the Denali Park Road. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Jan. 2022 The current congressional delegation in the state consists of 19 Democrats and eight Republicans; New York will lose one seat in the next election cycle. Nicholas Fandos, New York Times, 3 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of delegation

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for delegation

see delegate entry 1

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The first known use of delegation was in 1555

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13 May 2022

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“Delegation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/delegation. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for delegation

delegation

noun
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

delegation

noun
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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