I. noun Etymology: Middle English delegat, from Medieval Latin delegatus, from Latin, past participle of delegare to delegate, from de- + legare to send — more at legate Date: 15th century a person acting for another: as a. a representative to a convention or conference b. a representative of a United States territory in the House of Representatives c. a member of the lower house of the legislature of Maryland, Virginia, or West Virginia II. verb (-gated; -gating) Date: 1530 transitive verb 1. to entrust to another <
delegate authority
2. to appoint as one's representative intransitive verb to assign responsibility or authority <
a good manager knows how to delegate
delegatee noundelegator noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • 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

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  • 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 — (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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  • Delegate — For other uses, see Delegate (disambiguation). A delegate is a person who speaks or acts on behalf of an organization (e.g., a government, a charity, an NGO, or a trade union) at a meeting or conference between organizations of the same level… …   Wikipedia

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