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legate

noun leg·ate \ ˈle-gət \

Definition of legate

:a usually official emissary

legateship

play \ˈle-gət-ˌship\ noun

Examples of legate in a Sentence

  1. the legate was charged with a list of objectives to accomplish on behalf of his country

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Legate is a somewhat old-fashioned word, less used today than it was a century ago. More common is the synonym envoy. In the days before electronic communications, a legate often had particularly large responsibilities, since he couldn't check with his government to be sure he was doing the right thing. The Vatican still sends papal legates to represent the pope's point of view in negotiations.

Origin and Etymology of legate

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French legat, from Latin legatus deputy, emissary, from past participle of legare to depute, send as emissary, bequeath, from leg-, lex


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legate

verb le·gate \ li-ˈgāt \

Definition of legate

legated; legating
transitive verb

legator

play \li-ˈgā-tər\ noun

Origin and Etymology of legate

legatus, past participle of legare to bequeath


LEGATE Defined for English Language Learners

legate

noun

Definition of legate for English Language Learners

  • : an official representative sent to a foreign country; especially : an official representative of the pope



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