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 The state’s congressional delegation is highlighting the important role community health centers will play in getting more vaccines to people in underserved communities that have been hit hardest by COVID-19. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Nursing home isolation, Oahu weddings, eligibility rolls: News from around our 50 states," 29 Mar. 2021 Utah’s congressional delegation has discouraged President Joe Biden from enlarging the two monuments by executive action and has made the case that legislation alone will settle the years of debate over the sites. Bethany Rodgers, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah Sen. Mitt Romney said he will not vote for new federal gun laws," 29 Mar. 2021 Several Black members of the state's congressional delegation have called on Cuomo to resign in light of the allegations. Caitlin Huey-burns And Grace Segers, CBS News, "Andrew Cuomo maintains support of New York voters, despite misconduct allegations," 23 Mar. 2021 About 80 Teamsters members received some high-profile support Saturday when several members of Michigan's congressional delegation joined them on the picket line outside the 7 Up warehouse in Redford Township. Minnah Arshad, Detroit Free Press, "US Reps. Rashida Tlaib, Haley Stevens, Debbie Dingell join strike at 7 Up warehouse," 20 Mar. 2021 Cuomo has resisted calls from the New York congressional delegation and local lawmakers to resign. Marlene Lenthang, ABC News, "Report says aides to Gov. Andrew Cuomo sought to discredit one of his accusers," 19 Mar. 2021 Representatives Hakeem Jeffries and Gregory Meeks, two high-ranking Black Democrats from New York, are among the few members of the state’s congressional delegation who have not called on Mr. Cuomo to immediately resign. New York Times, "Battered by Scandal, Cuomo Leans on Black Leaders to Build His Defense," 18 Mar. 2021 Earlier this month, a Congressional delegation visited the Bessemer facility in support of the workers pushing to unionize. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, "Amazon warehouse worker testifies to Senate: 'My workday feels like a 9-hour intense workout every day'," 17 Mar. 2021 By pushing to pass the Lori Jackson Domestic Violence Protection Act, Connecticut’s congressional delegation hopes to expand victims’ safety U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-4th District, said. Jessika Harkay,, "A Connecticut woman being killed by her abusive partner has prompted a federal law that would prevent those under temporary restraining orders from purchasing firearms," 16 Mar. 2021

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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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7 Apr 2021

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“Delegation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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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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