delegation

noun

del·​e·​ga·​tion ˌde-li-ˈgā-shən How to pronounce delegation (audio)
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, in June 2019, a delegation from the museum traveled to Easter Island to discuss calls for the return of its famous artifacts. Jack Guy, CNN, 19 Feb. 2024 Years later, when Obama re-started diplomatic relations with Cuba, Mayorkas joined an American delegation in Havana. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, 17 Feb. 2024 Blinken will also visit Germany to participate in the Munich Security Conference as part of the U.S. delegation led by Vice President Kamala Harris. Chris Massaro, Fox News, 15 Feb. 2024 Schneider then read a telegram from Ambassador Dinh Ba Thi, who was the head of the North Vietnamese delegation at the Paris peace talks. Lydia Price, Peoplemag, 15 Feb. 2024 Small delegations from her Manhattan marketing firm file in to appraise their new asset. Matt Flegenheimer, New York Times, 6 Feb. 2024 Missouri’s delegation was split, with Reps. Emanuel Cleaver, a Democrat, and Republicans Mark Alford, Sam Graves, Blaine Luetkemeyer, and Jason Smith, the bill’s sponsor, voting yes. Daniel Desrochers, Kansas City Star, 1 Feb. 2024 The two Kansas City-area Democratic members from the delegation – Rep. Emanuel Cleaver and Rep. Sharice Davids, have friendly wagers on the game. Cleaver, on the Missouri side, made a snarky video announcing his bet against Rep. Ro Khanna, a Silicon Valley Democrat. Daniel Desrochers, Kansas City Star, 8 Feb. 2024 Most of the San Diego County delegation appeared to give serious thought to the measure, even if the odds were against them ever voting on it. Michael Smolens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

see delegate entry 1

First Known Use

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of delegation was in 1555

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Cite this Entry

“Delegation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/delegation. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

delegation

noun
del·​e·​ga·​tion ˌdel-i-ˈgā-shən How to pronounce delegation (audio)
1
: the act of delegating power or authority to another
2
: one or more persons chosen to represent others

Legal Definition

delegation

noun
del·​e·​ga·​tion ˌde-li-ˈgā-shən How to pronounce delegation (audio)
1
: the act of delegating
2
: a group of persons chosen to represent others

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