Chiefly Scot. to inform against; denounce or accuse.
Archaic. to relate; report: to delate an offense.
- de·la·tion, noun
- de·la·tor, de·lat·er, noun
- del·a·to·ri·an [del-uh-tawr-ee-uhn, -tohr-], /ˌdɛl əˈtɔr i ən, -ˈtoʊr-/, adjective
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How to use delate in a sentence
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
(formerly) to bring a charge against; denounce; impeach
rare to report (an offence, etc)
obsolete to make known or public
- delation, noun
- delator, noun
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