[ dih-leyt ]
/ dɪˈleɪt /

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.

Nearby words

  1. delannoy,
  2. delano,
  3. delany,
  4. delany, martin robinson,
  5. delaroche,
  6. delative,
  7. delatorian,
  8. delaunay,
  9. delaunay, robert,
  10. delavigne

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

Related formsde·la·tion, nounde·la·tor, de·lat·er, noundel·a·to·ri·an [del-uh-tawr-ee-uh n, -tohr-] /ˌdɛl əˈtɔr i ən, -ˈtoʊr-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for delated


/ (dɪˈleɪt) /

verb (tr)

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