[ del-i-gey-shuhn ]
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  1. a group or body of delegates: Our club sent a delegation to the rally.

  2. the body of delegates chosen to represent a political unit, as a state, in an assembly: the New Jersey delegation in Congress.

  1. the act of delegating.

  2. the state of being delegated.

Origin of delegation

First recorded in 1605–15; from Latin dēlēgātiōn-, stem of dēlēgātiō “assignment, appointment,” equivalent to dēlēgāt(us) “assigned, appointed” (see delegate) + -iō -ion

Other words for delegation

Other words from delegation

  • non·del·e·ga·tion, noun
  • pre·del·e·ga·tion, noun
  • re·del·e·ga·tion, noun
  • sub·del·e·ga·tion, noun

Words Nearby delegation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use delegation in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for delegation


/ (ˌdɛlɪˈɡeɪʃən) /

  1. a person or group chosen to represent another or others

  2. the act of delegating or state of being delegated

  1. US politics all the members of Congress from one state

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