I. delegate del‧e‧gate 1 [ˈdelgt] noun [countable]
someone who has been elected or chosen to speak, vote, or take decisions for a group:

• Around 350 delegates attended the conference.

Delegates to the union's annual meeting are expected to endorse the plans.

  [m0] II. delegate del‧e‧gate 2 [ˈdelgeɪt] verb
1. [intransitive, transitive] to give part of your power or work to someone else, usually someone in a lower position than you:

• A good manager knows when to delegate.

delegate something to somebody

• Decision-making on a day-to-day basis will be delegated to team managers.

2. [transitive] to choose someone to do a particular job, or to be a representative of a group:
delegate somebody to do something

• I've been delegated to organize the weekly meetings.

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delegate UK US /ˈdelɪgət/ noun [C] MEETINGS
a person who is chosen or elected by a group to speak or vote for it, especially at a meeting: »

More than 1,000 delegates attended the three-day conference.


a delegate to a meeting/conference

delegate UK US /ˈdelɪgeɪt/ verb
[I or T] MANAGEMENT to give a particular job, duty, etc. to someone else so that they do it for you: »

He was always overburdened with too many trivial tasks because he found it impossible to delegate.

delegate authority/powers/responsibility »

The Board may delegate its authority to any duly appointed committee.

delegate sth to sb »

A manufacturer can delegate some or all of its overseas operations to an export house.

[T] MEETINGS to choose or elect someone to speak or vote for a group, especially at a meeting: delegate sb to do sth »

The company director, who prepared their submission, cannot be here and has delegated her deputy to present it for her.

Financial and business terms. 2012.


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  • delegate — del·e·gate 1 / de li gət/ n [Medieval Latin delegatus, from Latin, past participle of delegare to appoint, put in charge]: a person empowered to act on behalf of another: as a: a person who is authorized to perform another s duties under a… …   Law dictionary

  • delegate — n Delegate, deputy, representative designate a person who stands in place of another or others. It is not always possible to distinguish these words, for they are all used in different places or at different times to designate persons whose… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Delegate — Del e*gate, a. [L. delegatus, p. p.] Sent to act for or represent another; deputed; as, a delegate judge. Delegate power. Strype. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Delegate — Del e*gate, n. [L. delegatus, p. p. of delegare to send, delegate; de + legare to send with a commission, to depute. See {Legate}.] 1. Any one sent and empowered to act for another; one deputed to represent; a chosen deputy; a representative; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • delegate — [n] representative, often governmental agent, alternate, ambassador, appointee, catchpole*, commissioner, consul, deputy, emissary, envoy, factor, front*, legate, member, member of congress, minister, mouthpiece, nominee, people’s choice, pinch… …   New thesaurus

  • Delegate — Del e*gate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Delegated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Delegating}.] 1. To send as one s representative; to empower as an ambassador; to send with power to transact business; to commission; to depute; to authorize. [1913 Webster] 2. To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • delegate to — index authorize Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • delegate — (n.) late 15c., from O.Fr. delegat or directly from L. delegatus, pp. of delegare to send as a representative, from de from, away (see DE (Cf. de )) + legare send with a commission (see LEGATE (Cf. legate)). The verb is from 1520s. Related:… …   Etymology dictionary

  • delegate — ► NOUN 1) a person sent to represent others, in particular at a conference. 2) a member of a committee. ► VERB 1) entrust (a task or responsibility) to another person. 2) authorize (someone) to act as a representative. DERIVATIVES delegator …   English terms dictionary

  • delegate — [del′ə git; ] for v. [, del′əgāt΄] n. [ME delegat < ML delegatus < pp. of L delegare, to send from one place to another, appoint, assign < de , from + legare, to send: see LEGATE] 1. a person authorized or sent to speak and act for… …   English World dictionary

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