[ dih-leyt ]
/ dɪˈleɪt /
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verb (used with object), de·lat·ed, de·lat·ing.
Chiefly Scot. to inform against; denounce or accuse.
Archaic. to relate; report: to delate an offense.
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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
OTHER WORDS FROM delatede·la·tion, nounde·la·tor, de·lat·er, noundel·a·to·ri·an [del-uh-tawr-ee-uhn, -tohr-], /ˌdɛl əˈtɔr i ən, -ˈtoʊr-/, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for delate
Elders were ordered by the minister to search the town and “to delate the absentees.”Bygone Church Life in Scotland|Various
Perhaps this party division is necessary to induce each to watch and delate to the people the proceedings of the other.
British Dictionary definitions for delate
/ (dɪˈleɪt) /
(formerly) to bring a charge against; denounce; impeach
rare to report (an offence, etc)
obsolete to make known or public
Derived forms of delatedelation, noundelator, noun
Word Origin for delate
C16: from Latin dēlātus, from dēferre to bring down, report, indict, from de- + ferre to bear
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