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delate

[ 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 delate

de·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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British Dictionary definitions for delate

delate
/ (dɪˈleɪt) /

verb (tr)

(formerly) to bring a charge against; denounce; impeach
rare to report (an offence, etc)
obsolete to make known or public

Derived forms of delate

delation, 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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