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 (dĕl′ĭ-gāt′, -gĭt)
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.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.delegating - authorizing subordinates to make certain decisionsdelegating - authorizing subordinates to make certain decisions
empowerment, authorisation, authorization - the act of conferring legality or sanction or formal warrant
devolvement, devolution - the delegation of authority (especially from a central to a regional government)
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References in classic literature ?
In the Declaration of Independence, the enacting and constituent party dispensing and delegating sovereign power is the whole people of the United Colonies.
They did not require the confirmation of this act, for the power to make the declaration had already been conferred upon them by the people, delegating the power, indeed, separately in the separate colonies, not by colonial authority, but by the spontaneous revolutionary movement of the people in them all.
There are many methods of delegating these powers to the citizens at large, one of which is to let them execute them by turn, and not altogether, as was done by Tellecles, the Milesian, in his state.
Many people feel uncomfortable about delegating authority, tasks and responsibilities to their subordinates.

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