- Chiefly Scot. to inform against; denounce or accuse.
- Archaic. to relate; report: to delate an offense.
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
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- (formerly) to bring a charge against; denounce; impeach
- rare to report (an offence, etc)
- obsolete to make known or public
Word Origin for delate
C16: from Latin dēlātus, from dēferre to bring down, report, indict, from de- + ferre to bear
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