delegate

[noun del-i-git, -geyt; verb del-i-geyt]
noun
  1. a person designated to act for or represent another or others; deputy; representative, as in a political convention.
  2. (formerly) the representative of a Territory in the U.S. House of Representatives.
  3. 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.
  1. to send or appoint (a person) as deputy or representative.
  2. to commit (powers, functions, etc.) to another as agent or deputy.

Origin of delegate

1350–1400; Middle English (noun) < Medieval Latin dēlēgātus, noun use of Latin: past participle of dēlēgāre to assign, equivalent to dē- de- + lēgātus deputed; see legate
Related formsdel·e·ga·tee [del-i-guh-tee] /ˌdɛl ɪ gəˈti/, noundel·e·ga·tor [del-i-gey-ter] /ˈdɛl ɪˌgeɪ tər/, nounnon·del·e·gate, nounpre·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, nounsub·del·e·gate, verb (used with object), sub·del·e·gat·ed, sub·del·e·gat·ing.un·del·e·gat·ed, adjective

Synonyms for delegate

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British Dictionary definitions for redelegate

delegate

noun (ˈdɛlɪˌɡeɪt, -ɡɪt)
  1. a person chosen or elected to act for or represent another or others, esp at a conference or meeting
  2. US government a representative of a territory in the US House of Representatives
verb (ˈdɛlɪˌɡeɪt)
  1. to give or commit (duties, powers, etc) to another as agent or representative; depute
  2. (tr) to send, authorize, or elect (a person) as agent or representative
  3. (tr) mainly US to assign (a person owing a debt to oneself) to one's creditor in substitution for oneself
Derived Formsdelegable (ˈdɛlɪɡəbəl), adjective

Word Origin for delegate

C14: from Latin dēlēgāre to send on a mission, from lēgāre to send, depute; see legate
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Word Origin and History for redelegate

delegate

v.

1520s (early 15c. as a past participle adjective), from delegate (n.). Related: Delegated; delegating.

delegate

n.

late 15c., from Old French delegat or directly from Latin delegatus, past participle of delegare "to send as a representative," from de- "from, away" (see de-) + legare "send with a commission" (see legate).

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