- Chiefly Scot. to inform against; denounce or accuse.
- Archaic. to relate; report: to delate an offense.
Origin of delate
1505–15; < Latin dēlātus (suppletive past participle of dēferre to bring down, report, accuse), equivalent to dē- de- + lā- carry (past participle stem of ferre) + -tus past participle suffix
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Examples from the Web for delate
Elders were ordered by the minister to search the town and “to delate the absentees.”
Perhaps this party division is necessary to induce each to watch and delate to the people the proceedings of the other.
- (formerly) to bring a charge against; denounce; impeach
- rare to report (an offence, etc)
- obsolete to make known or public
C16: from Latin dēlātus, from dēferre to bring down, report, indict, from de- + ferre to bear
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