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del·e·gate

 (dĕl′ĭ-gāt′, -gĭt)
n.
1. A person authorized to act as representative for another; a deputy or agent.
2. A representative to a conference or convention.
3. A member of a House of Delegates, the lower house of the Maryland, Virginia, or West Virginia legislature.
4. An elected or appointed representative of a US territory in the House of Representatives who is entitled to speak but not vote.
tr.v. (-gāt′) del·e·gat·ed, del·e·gat·ing, del·e·gates
1. To authorize and send (another person) as one's representative.
2. To commit or entrust to another: delegate a task to a subordinate.

[Middle English delegat, from Medieval Latin dēlēgātus, from past participle of dēlēgāre, to dispatch : Latin dē-, de- + Latin lēgāre, to send; see leg- in Indo-European roots.]

del′e·ga′tor n.

delegate

n
1. a person chosen or elected to act for or represent another or others, esp at a conference or meeting
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) government US a representative of a territory in the US House of Representatives
vb
3. to give or commit (duties, powers, etc) to another as agent or representative; depute
4. (tr) to send, authorize, or elect (a person) as agent or representative
5. (Law) (tr) chiefly US to assign (a person owing a debt to oneself) to one's creditor in substitution for oneself
[C14: from Latin dēlēgāre to send on a mission, from lēgāre to send, depute; see legate]
delegable adj

del•e•gate

(n. ˈdɛl ɪ gɪt, -ˌgeɪt; v. -ˌgeɪt)

n., v. -gat•ed, -gat•ing. n.
1. a person designated to act for or represent another or others, as at a conference or political convention.
2. the representative of a Territory in the U.S. House of Representatives.
3. a member of the House of Delegates in Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland.
v.t.
4. to send or appoint as deputy or representative.
5. to commit (powers, functions, etc.) to another as agent.
[1350–1400; Middle English (n.) < Medieval Latin dēlēgātus, n. use of Latin: past participle of dēlēgāre to assign =dē- de- + lēgāre to send as an envoy; see legate]
del`e•ga•tee′ (-gəˈti) n.
del′e•ga`tor, n.

delegate


Past participle: delegated
Gerund: delegating

Imperative
delegate
delegate
Present
I delegate
you delegate
he/she/it delegates
we delegate
you delegate
they delegate
Preterite
I delegated
you delegated
he/she/it delegated
we delegated
you delegated
they delegated
Present Continuous
I am delegating
you are delegating
he/she/it is delegating
we are delegating
you are delegating
they are delegating
Present Perfect
I have delegated
you have delegated
he/she/it has delegated
we have delegated
you have delegated
they have delegated
Past Continuous
I was delegating
you were delegating
he/she/it was delegating
we were delegating
you were delegating
they were delegating
Past Perfect
I had delegated
you had delegated
he/she/it had delegated
we had delegated
you had delegated
they had delegated
Future
I will delegate
you will delegate
he/she/it will delegate
we will delegate
you will delegate
they will delegate
Future Perfect
I will have delegated
you will have delegated
he/she/it will have delegated
we will have delegated
you will have delegated
they will have delegated
Future Continuous
I will be delegating
you will be delegating
he/she/it will be delegating
we will be delegating
you will be delegating
they will be delegating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been delegating
you have been delegating
he/she/it has been delegating
we have been delegating
you have been delegating
they have been delegating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been delegating
you will have been delegating
he/she/it will have been delegating
we will have been delegating
you will have been delegating
they will have been delegating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been delegating
you had been delegating
he/she/it had been delegating
we had been delegating
you had been delegating
they had been delegating
Conditional
I would delegate
you would delegate
he/she/it would delegate
we would delegate
you would delegate
they would delegate
Past Conditional
I would have delegated
you would have delegated
he/she/it would have delegated
we would have delegated
you would have delegated
they would have delegated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.delegate - a person appointed or elected to represent othersdelegate - a person appointed or elected to represent others
apostolic delegate - (Roman Catholic Church) a representative of the Holy See in a country that has no formal diplomatic relations with it
representative - a person who represents others
Verb1.delegate - transfer power to someone
assign, delegate, designate, depute - give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)
2.delegate - give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)delegate - give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)
mandate - assign authority to
cast - select to play,sing, or dance a part in a play, movie, musical, opera, or ballet; "He cast a young woman in the role of Desdemona"
post - assign to a post; put into a post; "The newspaper posted him in Timbuktu"
cast - assign the roles of (a movie or a play) to actors; "Who cast this beautiful movie?"
devolve - pass on or delegate to another; "The representative devolved his duties to his aides while he was in the hospital"
task - assign a task to; "I tasked him with looking after the children"
place - place somebody in a particular situation or location; "he was placed on probation"
regiment - assign to a regiment; "regiment soldiers"
reassign, transfer - transfer somebody to a different position or location of work
delegate, depute - transfer power to someone
mandate - assign under a mandate; "mandate a colony"
elevate, kick upstairs, promote, upgrade, advance, raise - give a promotion to or assign to a higher position; "John was kicked upstairs when a replacement was hired"; "Women tend not to advance in the major law firms"; "I got promoted after many years of hard work"
demote, kick downstairs, relegate, bump, break - assign to a lower position; reduce in rank; "She was demoted because she always speaks up"; "He was broken down to Sergeant"
appoint, charge - assign a duty, responsibility or obligation to; "He was appointed deputy manager"; "She was charged with supervising the creation of a concordance"
place - assign to (a job or a home)

delegate

noun
1. representative, agent, deputy, ambassador, commissioner, envoy, proxy, depute (Scot.), legate, spokesman or spokeswoman The rebels' chief delegate repeated their demands.
verb
1. entrust, transfer, hand over, give, pass on, assign, relegate, consign, devolve Many employers find it hard to delegate duties.
2. appoint, commission, select, contract, engage, nominate, designate, mandate, authorize, empower, accredit, depute Officials have been delegated to start work on a settlement.

delegate

noun
One who stands for another:
Translations
مَنْدُوبوَفْد، مَنْدوب، موفَديُفَوِّض، يَنْتَدِبيَنْتَدِبُ
delegátdelegovatpověřitpřidělit
delegeredelegeretrepræsentantdelegat
valtuutettuvaltuuttaa
delegatdelegirati
küldött
fela, fá í hendurfulltrúi
代表代表として派遣する
대표자위임하다
delegacijadelegatas
delegātsuzlikt
delegát
delegatdelegera
ตัวแทนมอบให้ทำแทน
đại biểuủy quyền

delegate

A. [ˈdelɪgɪt] Ndelegado/a m/f (to en)
B. [ˈdelɪgeɪt] VT [+ task, power] → delegar (to en) [+ person] → delegar (to do sth para hacer algo) I was delegated to do itme delegaron para hacerlo
that task cannot be delegatedese cometido no se puede delegar en otro

delegate

[ˈdɛlɪgət]
n (= representative) → délégué(e) m/f
[ˈdɛlɪgeɪt] vt
(= entrust) → déléguer
to delegate sth to sb [+ task] → déléguer qch à qn
(= appoint) to delegate sb to do sth → déléguer qn pour faire qch
vidéléguer

delegate

vt persondelegieren; authority, powerübertragen (to sb jdm); responsibility, jobdelegieren (to sb an jdn); to delegate somebody to do somethingjdn dazu abordnen or damit beauftragen, etw zu tun
videlegieren; you must delegate moreSie sollten mehr delegieren
nDelegierte(r) mf

delegate

[n ˈdɛlɪˌgɪt; vb ˈdɛlɪgeɪt]
1. n delegate (to)delegato/a (a)
2. vt (duties, responsiblities, power) → delegare
to delegate sth to sb → delegare qc a qn
to delegate sb to do sth → delegare qn a fare qc

delegate

(ˈdeləgeit) verb
to give (a piece of work, power etc) to someone else. He delegates a great deal of work to his assistant.
(-gət, (American) -geit) noun
an elected representative (to a conference, Parliament, committee etc). The delegates met in the conference room.
ˌdeleˈgation noun
a body of delegates.

delegate

مَنْدُوب, يَنْتَدِبُ delegát, delegovat delegere, delegeret delegieren, Delegierter αναθέτω, αντιπρόσωπος delegado, delegar valtuutettu, valtuuttaa délégué, déléguer delegat, delegirati delegare, delegato 代表, 代表として派遣する 대표자, 위임하다 afgevaardigde, delegeren delegere, utsending delegat, wydelegować delegar, representante делегат, делегировать delegat, delegera ตัวแทน, มอบให้ทำแทน delege, yetkilendirmek đại biểu, ủy quyền 代表, 授权
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This draft was prepared by John Dickinson, then a delegate from Pennsylvania, who voted against the Declaration of Independence, and never signed it, having been superseded by a new election of delegates from that State, eight days after his draft was reported.
It was assumed by agreement between the Legislatures of the several States, and their delegates in Congress, without authority from or consultation of the people at all.
and my fellow-workmen - for that yo are to me, though not, as I knows on, to this delegate here - I ha but a word to sen, and I could sen nommore if I was to speak till Strike o' day.
The village elder, a peasant delegate, and the village clerk, who were waiting in the passage, heard with fear and delight first the young count's voice roaring and snapping and rising louder and louder, and then words of abuse, dreadful words, ejaculated one after the other.
Even Boss McGinty was ignorant as to many things; for there was an official named the County Delegate, living at Hobson's Patch farther down the line, who had power over several different lodges which he wielded in a sudden and arbitrary way.
You must not take it amiss, but it is the orders of the County Delegate that we obey.
He felt like fighting now himself; and when the Irish delegate of the butcher-helpers' union came to him a second time, he received him in a far different spirit.
The recommendatory act of Congress is in the words following: "WHEREAS, There is provision in the articles of Confederation and perpetual Union, for making alterations therein, by the assent of a Congress of the United States, and of the legislatures of the several States; and whereas experience hath evinced, that there are defects in the present Confederation; as a mean to remedy which, several of the States, and PARTICULARLY THE STATE OF NEW YORK, by express instructions to their delegates in Congress, have suggested a convention for the purposes expressed in the following resolution; and such convention appearing to be the most probable mean of establishing in these States A FIRM NATIONAL GOVERNMENT:
For this purpose the Legislature of Massachusetts proposed that delegates from every colony should meet in Congress.
Maston, Engineer Murchison, and the delegates of the Gun Club, were already in their cabins.
Why, the Ecclesiastical Delegates were the advocates without any business, who had looked on at the round game when it was playing in both courts, and had seen the cards shuffled, and cut, and played, and had talked to all the players about it, and now came fresh, as judges, to settle the matter to the satisfaction of everybody
These are not vague inferences drawn from supposed or speculative defects in a Constitution, the whole power of which is lodged in the hands of a people, or their representatives and delegates, but they are solid conclusions, drawn from the natural and necessary progress of human affairs.