[ dih-leyt ]

verb (used with object),de·lat·ed, de·lat·ing.
  1. Chiefly Scot. to inform against; denounce or accuse.

  2. 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

Other words from delate

  • 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use delate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for delate


/ (dɪˈleɪt) /

  1. (formerly) to bring a charge against; denounce; impeach

  2. rare to report (an offence, etc)

  1. obsolete to make known or public

Origin of delate

C16: from Latin dēlātus, from dēferre to bring down, report, indict, from de- + ferre to bear

Derived forms of delate

  • delation, noun
  • delator, noun

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