delegate

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delegates, delegating, delegated
(The noun is pronounced [[t]de̱lɪgət[/t]]. The verb is pronounced [[t]de̱lɪgeɪt[/t]].)
1) N-COUNT A delegate is a person who is chosen to vote or make decisions on behalf of a group of other people, especially at a conference or a meeting.
Syn:
2) VERB If you delegate duties, responsibilities, or power to someone, you give them those duties, those responsibilities, or that power so that they can act on your behalf.

[V n to n] He talks of travelling less, and delegating more authority to his deputies in Britain and Australia...

[V n to n] How many of their activities can be safely and effectively delegated to less trained staff?...

Many employers find it hard to delegate. [Also V n]

Derived words:
delegation N-UNCOUNT usu with supp

A key factor in running a business is the delegation of responsibility.

3) VERB: usu passive If you are delegated to do something, you are given the duty of acting on someone else's behalf by making decisions, voting, or doing some particular work.

[be V-ed to-inf] Officials have now been delegated to start work on a draft settlement.

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  • Delegate — Del e*gate, a. [L. delegatus, p. p.] Sent to act for or represent another; deputed; as, a delegate judge. Delegate power. Strype. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Delegate — Del e*gate, n. [L. delegatus, p. p. of delegare to send, delegate; de + legare to send with a commission, to depute. See {Legate}.] 1. Any one sent and empowered to act for another; one deputed to represent; a chosen deputy; a representative; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • delegate — [n] representative, often governmental agent, alternate, ambassador, appointee, catchpole*, commissioner, consul, deputy, emissary, envoy, factor, front*, legate, member, member of congress, minister, mouthpiece, nominee, people’s choice, pinch… …   New thesaurus

  • Delegate — Del e*gate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Delegated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Delegating}.] 1. To send as one s representative; to empower as an ambassador; to send with power to transact business; to commission; to depute; to authorize. [1913 Webster] 2. To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • delegate to — index authorize Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • delegate — (n.) late 15c., from O.Fr. delegat or directly from L. delegatus, pp. of delegare to send as a representative, from de from, away (see DE (Cf. de )) + legare send with a commission (see LEGATE (Cf. legate)). The verb is from 1520s. Related:… …   Etymology dictionary

  • delegate — ► NOUN 1) a person sent to represent others, in particular at a conference. 2) a member of a committee. ► VERB 1) entrust (a task or responsibility) to another person. 2) authorize (someone) to act as a representative. DERIVATIVES delegator …   English terms dictionary

  • delegate — [del′ə git; ] for v. [, del′əgāt΄] n. [ME delegat < ML delegatus < pp. of L delegare, to send from one place to another, appoint, assign < de , from + legare, to send: see LEGATE] 1. a person authorized or sent to speak and act for… …   English World dictionary

  • delegate — ▪ I. delegate del‧e‧gate 1 [ˈdelgt] noun [countable] someone who has been elected or chosen to speak, vote, or take decisions for a group: • Around 350 delegates attended the conference. • Delegates to the union s annual meeting are expected to …   Financial and business terms

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