[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.
verb (used with object), del·e·gat·ed, del·e·gat·ing.
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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noun (ˈdɛlɪˌɡeɪt, -ɡɪt)
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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