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[dep-yuh-tey-shuh n] /ˌdɛp yəˈteɪ ʃən/
the act of appointing a person or persons to represent or act for another or others.
the person or body of persons so appointed or authorized.
Origin of deputation
1350-1400; Middle English deputacioun < Medieval Latin dēputātiōn- (stem of dēputātiō), Late Latin: delegation, equivalent to dēputāt(us) (past participle of dēputāre; see depute, -ate1) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged
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  • They were a deputation of five men, two of them elderly men, one hardly more than a youth, the other two of middle age.

    John Marvel, Assistant Thomas Nelson Page
  • Hamilton of the Houssas was at the Isisi city when the deputation called upon him.

    Bones Edgar Wallace
  • The Island was en fête, and one of the events of the visit was the reception of a deputation from the Sultan of Morrocco.

    The Life of King Edward VII J. Castell Hopkins
  • As Harry surmised, I received a visit from a deputation the next morning.

  • Against this unprecedented breach of privilege parliament sent a deputation humbly to remonstrate; but all to no purpose.

  • I gave them a plug each all round, and the deputation withdrew.

  • The meeting was held and a deputation was appointed to wait on Carnac at his office.

    Carnac's Folly, Complete Gilbert Parker
  • The question may now be asked: Why have the deputation not sent us a report on these conditions?

    The Peace Negotiations J. D. Kestell
  • Dr. Ryerson, as one of a deputation, attended a large number of meetings.

    The Story of My Life Egerton Ryerson
British Dictionary definitions for deputation


the act of appointing a person or body of people to represent or act on behalf of others
a person or, more often, a body of people so appointed; delegation
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for deputation

late 14c., noun of action from depute (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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