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Meaning of DELEGATE

Pronunciation:  [n]'delu`git, [v]deli'gut

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a person appointed or elected to represent others
  2. [v]  give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)
  3. [v]  transfer power to someone

DELEGATE is a 8 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: assign, depute, designate
 See Also: advance, apostolic delegate, appoint, break, bump, cast, charge, delegate, demote, devolve, elevate, kick downstairs, kick upstairs, mandate, place, post, promote, raise, reassign, regiment, relegate, representative, task, transfer, upgrade



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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
       commissioner; a vicar.
       (a) One elected by the people of a territory to represent
           them in Congress, where he has the right of debating,
           but not of voting.
       (b) One sent by any constituency to act as its
           representative in a convention; as, a delegate to a
           convention for nominating officers, or for forming or
           altering a constitution. [U.S.]
    {Court of delegates}, formerly, the great court of appeal
       from the archbishops' courts and also from the court of
       admiralty. It is now abolished, and the privy council is
       the immediate court of appeal in such cases. [Eng.]
  2. \Del"e*gate\, a. [L. delegatus, p. p.]
    Sent to act for or represent another; deputed; as, a delegate
    judge. ``Delegate power.'' --Strype.
  3. \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.
    2. To intrust to the care or management of another; to
       transfer; to assign; to commit.
             The delegated administration of the law. --Locke.
             Delegated executive power.            --Bancroft.
             The power exercised by the legislature is the
             people's power, delegated by the people to the
             legislative.                          --J. B. Finch.
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