delegation

noun
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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Synonyms for delegation

Synonyms

contingent, delegacy

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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

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Lawrence and a delegation of other Democratic lawmakers visited a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement processing center and two immigrant detention centers in Texas last weekend. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "Lawrence: Shocking conditions at immigrant detention centers in Texas," 27 June 2018 At the start of Tuesday’s meeting, a delegation of local veterans presented Cunningham with a folded American flag in a shadow box. Steve Dreyer, Pomerado News, "Cunnigham saluted by council members, vets," 6 June 2018 The Massachusetts 7th Congressional District is the most diverse district in our delegation, and also one of the most unequal. Rebecca Nelson, Marie Claire, "2019's Barrier-Breaking Politicians Get to Work," 3 Jan. 2019 Of the delegation of six or seven people, there was one person from Theranos. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: WSJ investigative journalist John Carreyrou on Recode Decode," 3 June 2018 The Saudi delegation signed $20 billion in investment deals and vowed to free thousands of Pakistani prisoners in Saudi custody. Ashok Sharma, The Seattle Times, "Saudi crown prince backs India’s fight against terrorism," 20 Feb. 2019 This year’s conference was attended by the largest U.S. bipartisan delegation to date. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, "Munich Conference Highlights a Divided U.S.," 17 Feb. 2019 Team official and former international Ognjen Vukojevic was expelled from the delegation for making a pro-Ukraine video with defender Domagoj Vida. baltimoresun.com, "England vs. Croatia: What to watch for in today's World Cup semifinal," 11 July 2018 All four members of the Idaho delegation stayed for the entire seven hours. Nate Poppino, idahostatesman, "Nuclear tests gave these Idahoans cancer, they say. Will Congress support them now?," 27 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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The first known use of delegation was in 1612

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delegation

noun

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

delegation

noun
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

delegation

noun
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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