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 There are no African American Republicans in the Legislature or in the state’s congressional delegation, and no Republicans of any color hold statewide office. Joe Garofoli,, "Recruiting blacks to the GOP: Bay Area woman says she can do it," 6 Sep. 2019 The move drew sharp criticism from the state’s congressional delegation and former Gov. Brian Schweitzer, and the companies renewed ties the following year. Washington Post, "Montana mines buoy firm beset by deaths, strike in S. Africa," 4 Sep. 2019 California's delegation, for example, needs nearly 600 hotel rooms. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two-thirds of 2020 convention hotel rooms will be in Wisconsin, DNC official says," 23 Aug. 2019 The 2018 midterm elections also saw all of Orange County’s districts go Democratic as well as most of San Diego County – turning the state’s congressional delegation, and statehouse, an even deeper shade of blue. Andrew O'reilly | Fox News, Fox News, "GOP becoming endangered species in California, as key stronghold turns blue," 19 Aug. 2019 Charles Liu, a former economic negotiator with the Chinese delegation at the United Nations, told Bloomberg News. Ishaan Tharoor, The Denver Post, "Tharoor: Trump and Xi lock horns — and drag the world with them," 8 Aug. 2019 But capturing merely a third of the seats in the state’s congressional delegation would increase the number of California Republicans in the House from seven to 17. James P. Sutton, National Review, "Why the GOP Has Declined in California," 1 Aug. 2019 That same day, Zsolt Bíró, the Kurultáj founder and head of the Hungarian Turan Foundation, was on hand to lead Hungary’s delegation at the World Nomad Games in Kyrgyzstan. Jacob Mikanowski, Harper's magazine, "The Call of the Drums," 21 July 2019 Farm aid: Record rainfall over the past year has threatened the livelihood of so many Ohio farmers that Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and the state’s congressional delegation are seeking U.S. Department of Agriculture disaster assistance, Eaton reports. Laura Hancock,, "Ohio budget negotiations resume after break: Capitol Letter," 8 July 2019

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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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The first known use of delegation was in 1612

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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


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Legal Definition of delegation

1 : the act of delegating
2 : a group of persons chosen to represent others

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not being in agreement or harmony

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