[noun del-i-git, -geyt; verb del-i-geyt]
- 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
Synonyms for delegate
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- 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 for delegate
C14: from Latin dēlēgāre to send on a mission, from lēgāre to send, depute; see legate
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1520s (early 15c. as a past participle adjective), from delegate (n.). Related: Delegated; delegating.
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