Synonyms and Antonyms of delegate

  1. 1 a person sent on a mission to represent another the delegate had a list of concerns to discuss with the country's new prime minister Synonyms agent, ambassador, emissary, envoy, legate, minister, representativeRelated Words ambassadress; attaché, chargé d'affaires, consul, deputy, diplomat, foreign minister, nuncio, procurator, proxy; apostle, evangelist, missionary; deputation, detachment, legation; courier, messenger; mouthpiece, spokesperson

  2. 2 a person who acts or does business for another the real estate developer sent a delegate to the town meeting to represent his interests Synonyms assignee, attorney, commissary, agent, deputy, envoy, factor, minister, procurator, proxy, rep, representativeRelated Words ambassador, diplomat, diplomatist, emissary, foreign minister, legate, plenipotentiary; alternate, backup, pinch hitter, relief, replacement, stand-in, sub, substitute, surrogate, understudy; informer, operative, spy; broker, distributor, manager; arbiter, arbitrator, comprador (or compradore), conciliator, go-between, intercessor, intermediary, interposer, liaison, mediator, middleman, peacemaker; mouthpiece, point man, point person, prophet, speaker, spokesman, spokesperson

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Synonyms and Antonyms of delegate

  1. 1 to appoint as one's representative he delegated his son to go pick up the tickets for him Synonyms commission, depute, deputize Related Words assign, charge; appoint, designate, name, nominate Near Antonyms abrogate; abdicate

  2. 2 to put (something) into the possession or safekeeping of another a manager who is reluctant to delegate authority to subordinates Synonyms commend, commit, confide, consign, give, deliver, entrust (also intrust), give over, hand, hand over, leave, pass, recommend, repose, transfer, transmit, trust, turn over, vestRelated Words confer, grant; assign, deal (out), dispense, disperse, distribute, divide; hand in, release, relinquish, submit, surrender, turn in, yield; bequeath, hand down, hand on, will; advance, lend, loan; furnish, supply; recommit, redeliver, regive, retransfer, retransmitNear Antonyms detain, hold back, reserve, withhold; own, possess; accept, receive, take in; occupy, take, take overAntonyms hold, keep, retain

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