- a person designated to act for or represent another or others; deputy; representative, as in a political convention.
- (formerly) the representative of a Territory in the U.S. House of Representatives.
- a member of the lower house of the state legislature of Maryland, Virginia, or West Virginia.
- to send or appoint (a person) as deputy or representative.
- to commit (powers, functions, etc.) to another as agent or deputy.
Origin of delegate
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Examples from the Web for delegate
The Stalwarts hoped to swarm the convention and force a challenge to the delegate roll.The GOP’s Last Identity Crisis Remade U.S. Politics
July 24, 2014
Under the Soviet regime, people preferred to delegate power and decision-making to others—Stalin, for example.Inside ‘Maidan’: Sergei Loznitsa on His Ukrainian Uprising Doc and Putin’s ‘Fascist’ Regime
May 24, 2014
Though the commander-in-chief should delegate as much as possible, wartime relationships matter.How Obama Lost Afghanistan
April 5, 2014
It seemed that little Shirley Temple had grown up to be a delegate to the United Nations.When Hollywood Flirted with Porn: 1969, ‘Myra Breckinridge,’ ‘Beyond the Valley of the Dolls,’ & 20th Century Fox
February 1, 2014
This is more important than it may seem because it only allows a two-week window where delegate contests have to be proportional.With New Primary Rules, RNC Panel Will Aid the Establishment in 2016
January 24, 2014
I am the unworthy servant and delegate of him who holds the keys.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
It does not say that a delegate must not be a woman, or must be a man.Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 7.
Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
He was made a delegate of the Red Committee less than a year after his release on licence.The Secret Agent
And he—he had striven to delegate to others the burden he was meant to bear.A Spirit in Prison
"Allow no one to leave the building," said the delegate to the other policeman.The Eternal City
- a person chosen or elected to act for or represent another or others, esp at a conference or meeting
- US government a representative of a territory in the US House of Representatives
- to give or commit (duties, powers, etc) to another as agent or representative; depute
- (tr) to send, authorize, or elect (a person) as agent or representative
- (tr) mainly US to assign (a person owing a debt to oneself) to one's creditor in substitution for oneself
Word Origin and History for delegate
1520s (early 15c. as a past participle adjective), from delegate (n.). Related: Delegated; delegating.