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

Recent Examples on the Web

Then the United States delegation, embracing the interests of infant formula manufacturers, upended the deliberations. Andrew Jacobs, New York Times, "U.S. Opposition to Breast-Feeding Resolution Stuns World Health Officials," 8 July 2018 The South Korean delegation, including 50 players and government officials, arrived in Pyongyang on Tuesday on two military aircraft. Kim Tong-hyung, Fox News, "Koreas begin basketball friendlies in latest peace gesture," 4 July 2018 The memos are a major win for members of Alaska's congressional delegation, who have been attempting to reverse the provision in a variety of ways for years. Erica Martinson, Anchorage Daily News, "Under rule change, Alaska Native corporations could once again get high-dollar government contracts," 26 June 2018 After Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walked down a colonnade to shake hands, the pair entered into a room filled with various members of Kim's delegation, the video from North Korean broadcaster KCTV news shows. Maegan Vazquez, CNN, "Sarah Sanders calls Trump's salute to North Korean general 'common courtesy'," 14 June 2018 Singapore is footing the bill for Kim and the North Korean delegation, Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan told the BBC on Monday. Thomas Maresca, USA TODAY, "At the center of the North Korean summit spotlight, tiny Singapore beams with pride," 11 June 2018 Foxconn showed that plant and its operations to a delegation led by Gov. Scott Walker last June amid Wisconsin’s ultimately successful effort to attract the company to the state. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Foxconn scales back plans for its first factory in Mount Pleasant," 28 June 2018 Also on Thursday Democratic members of Maryland’s congressional delegation, led by Rep. Anthony Brown, sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services asking for more information about immigrant children being housed in Maryland. Ian Duncan,, "U.S. Rep. Andy Harris alleges Baltimore County provides 'sanctuary' to immigrants, MS-13," 28 June 2018 Other members of Idaho's all-Republican delegation have had fewer issues with their campaign finance reporting, according to a Statesman review of FEC enforcement records. Cynthia Sewell, idahostatesman, "$192,000 for his wife. 81 uses of a lobbyist's home. Crapo election funds draw scrutiny," 20 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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