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.
- del·e·ga·tee [del-i-guh-tee], /ˌdɛl ɪ gəˈti/, noun
- del·e·ga·tor [del-i-gey-ter], /ˈdɛl ɪˌgeɪ tər/, noun
- non·del·e·gate, noun
- pre·del·e·gate, noun, verb, pre·del·e·gat·ed, pre·del·e·gat·ing.
- re·del·e·gate, verb (used with object), re·del·e·gat·ed, re·del·e·gat·ing.
- sub·del·e·gate, noun
- sub·del·e·gate, verb (used with object), sub·del·e·gat·ed, sub·del·e·gat·ing.
- un·del·e·gat·ed, adjective
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How to use delegate in a sentence
Concerns about Chase's prospects — and Youngkin's — fed into a bitter debate over the past seven weeks about whether the party should pick its nominee at a convention, open only to party-nominated delegates, or a primary, open to all voters.Former Carlyle executive Glenn Youngkin joins race for Virginia governor | Laura Vozzella | January 27, 2021 | Washington Post
If no agreement is reached by Wednesday night and the district moves to sanction teachers for not returning to teach in-person classes, union delegates could hold a strike vote.Chicago Public Schools suspends in-person learning as possible teachers strike looms | Dawn Reiss, Kim Bellware | January 27, 2021 | Washington Post
That will leave the more than 100 union groups that are part of the Labor Council, and their delegates, to elect a new leader in the early part of the year.
About two-thirds of the group’s delegates have conducted research on cannabis, he said.Medical cannabis master’s program at University of Maryland sees growth since launch | Tracy Mitchell Griggs | December 18, 2020 | Washington Post
He wrote that the decision hadn’t gone through the required formal endorsement process, and it hadn’t first been voted on by the full executive board before it was voted on by the organization’s delegates.Council President Endorsement Votes Obscure Internal Tensions | Andrew Keatts | November 25, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
British Dictionary definitions for delegate
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
- delegable (ˈdɛlɪɡəbəl), adjective
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