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>
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>
Did You Know?
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.
Origin and Etymology of delegation
First Known Use: 1612
DELEGATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of delegation for English Language Learners
: 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
DELEGATION Defined for Kids
Definition of delegation for Students
1 : the act of giving someone authority or responsibility for
2 : one or more persons chosen to represent others
Legal Definition of delegation
1 : the act of delegating
2 : a group of persons chosen to represent others
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