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


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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The delegation of mayors also included Miami Mayor Francis X. Suarez, Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, according to the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Skyler Swisher,, "Parkland mayor lobbies in Washington for gun background checks," 10 Sep. 2019 Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett, the new president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, led a delegation of mayors on Thursday afternoon to a Border Patrol center in El Paso, Texas, that is taking in migrants. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, "Officials in Michigan respond to immigration crisis, go to Texas to see migrant centers," 13 July 2019 All of this worries Acy Cooper, a fourth-generation fisherman and president of the Louisiana Shrimp Association who is leading a delegation of fishermen to Washington this month to plead their case for disaster assistance. Rocky Kistner, WIRED, "Gulf Fisheries Are Under Siege—Now Comes Tropical Storm Barry," 12 July 2019 To that end, Pak took a delegation of business leaders and youth to Washington, D.C., and successfully lobbied for $500 million to shore up the project, which is set to open in 2020. Rachel Swan,, "Controversial plan to name SF subway stop after Chinatown activist stalls," 4 June 2019 Shivers organized a delegation of Eagles fans and group members to attend a celebration of the team’s Super Bowl victory after the White House reached out to invite the group, which has strongly backed the president. Courtney Becker,, "Why Pa. small business group visited Trump's White House despite Eagles' cancellation," 6 June 2018 Then, in a breakthrough, the chairman of ComputerLand hired Mr. Rittenberg to help him establish ties to a visiting high-level delegation of Chinese business leaders, and to provide guidance for marketing American products and services in China. Robert D. Mcfadden, New York Times, "Sidney Rittenberg, Idealistic American Aide to Mao Who Evolved to Counsel Capitalists, Dies at 98," 24 Aug. 2019 Last Sunday, the largest-ever delegation of members of Congress to visit Israel held a joint press conference in Jerusalem. Jonathan S. Tobin, National Review, "Banning Omar and Tlaib May Help Trump, but It Hurts Israel," 16 Aug. 2019 Israel often hosts delegations of U.S. representatives and senators, who usually meet with senior Israeli officials as well as Palestinian officials in the occupied West Bank. CBS News, "Israel denies entry to outspoken Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib," 15 Aug. 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


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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