[ noun del-i-git, -geyt; verb del-i-geyt ]
/ noun 藞d蓻l 瑟 g瑟t, -藢ge瑟t; verb 藞d蓻l 瑟藢ge瑟t /
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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.
verb (used with object), del路e路gat路ed, del路e路gat路ing.
to send or appoint (a person) as deputy or representative.
to commit (powers, functions, etc.) to another as agent or deputy.
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Origin of delegate

First recorded in 1350鈥1400; Middle English (past participle) delegat, from Medieval Latin d膿l膿g膩tus, noun use of past participle of d膿l膿g膩re 鈥渢o assign,鈥 equivalent to d膿- de- + l膿g膩tus 鈥渄eputed鈥; see legate


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British Dictionary definitions for delegate


noun (藞d蓻l瑟藢伞e瑟t, -伞瑟t)
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
verb (藞d蓻l瑟藢伞e瑟t)
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

Derived forms of delegate

delegable (藞d蓻l瑟伞蓹bl), adjective

Word Origin for delegate

C14: from Latin d膿l膿g膩re to send on a mission, from l膿g膩re to send, depute; see legate
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