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

Yarmuth was the only member of Kentucky's congressional delegation who voted in support of the resolution. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Yarmuth: Kentucky Republicans are 'going to have to live' with support of Trump's racism," 17 July 2019 Earlier this week, a congressional delegation reported on the conditions at a detention facility in El Paso, Texas, according to The Washington Post. Nara Schoenberg,, "What’s so great about soap? It saves lives, says leader of aid organization that’s trying to deliver 500,000 bars to migrant detention centers," 3 July 2019 Border Patrol officials had confiscated the phones of a visiting congressional delegation, but Castro captured pictures and videos anyway. Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY, "'You're a white supremacist, Laura': Joaquin Castro and Laura Ingraham feud over migrant detention," 3 July 2019 Norcross visited Yucca Mountain last summer as part of a congressional delegation. Susan Schmidt, ProPublica, "Meet the Congressman Defending Questionable Tax Breaks for a Company Connected to His Rich Brother," 2 July 2019 Customs gave journalists a tour of the Clint Border Station on June 26, and a congressional delegation headed there Monday. Garance Burke, Twin Cities, "Migrant girl tells MN lawyer of poor care in Texas border station," 1 July 2019 Census numbers are used to help determine how federal money is spent and the size of each state's congressional delegation. Dana Hedgpeth, Anchorage Daily News, "Census and tribal leaders push for Native American participation in 2020 census," 14 June 2019 Other lawmakers, such as the entire New Jersey congressional delegation, have written to Shanahan to defend the projects in their state. Robert Burns, The Seattle Times, "Lawmakers denounce plan to divert military money for wall," 26 Mar. 2019 The repeal push is led by members of California's Republican congressional delegation and GOP gubernatorial candidate John Cox. Alexei Koseff, sacbee, "What you need to know about California's gas tax repeal initiative," 25 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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