Definition of delegate in English:



  • 1A person sent or authorized to represent others, in particular an elected representative sent to a conference.

    ‘congress delegates rejected the proposals’
    • ‘The extended conference room will be able to cater for up to 800 for sit-down meals and up to 2,000 delegates at conferences.’
    • ‘The 300 delegates at the conference withdrew a more conciliatory motion on the smoking ban and voted instead for outright opposition to it.’
    • ‘So this declaration is hardly the revolutionary statement of internet freedom that, to listen to some conference delegates, you might have thought it to be.’
    • ‘All centres in the region are asked to send delegates.’
    • ‘Those hundred and ten delegates representing this body here today, we said diversity is a sign of strength, not a sign of weakness.’
    • ‘Members will also be receiving a model resolution calling on union branches to support the conference and send delegates.’
    • ‘As a conference delegate representing the region, she has already successfully moved several resolutions.’
    • ‘The meeting will commence at 9pm and all centres are requested to send delegates.’
    • ‘Each club is requested to send two delegates to attend the meeting for which resolutions can be submitted in writing to the secretary up until September 12.’
    • ‘The motion received unanimous support from delegates at the conference.’
    • ‘By the end of the century, however, the principle that an MP was the representative not the delegate of his electors was firmly established.’
    • ‘He was elected by conference delegates with 252 votes compared to 154 for the alternative candidate.’
    • ‘In 1971, residents gained the right to elect a delegate to the House of Representatives.’
    • ‘The conference's 45,000 delegates are also plowing through other resources.’
    • ‘Each of the seven counties was well represented by enthusiastic delegates who actively participated in what was often very lively discussion.’
    • ‘He is our delegate, elected to represent our wishes to the best of his ability.’
    • ‘It is interesting to note that China sent 20 delegates to this conference.’
    • ‘And it is exercisable by the Queen's representative, not her delegate or agent.’
    • ‘First, about 27 districts sent two delegates (double representation) to this congress.’
    • ‘This time around a five per cent increase looks likely once more, though delegates at the conference said they would accept an eight per cent increase.’
    representative, envoy, emissary, commissioner, agent, deputy, commissary
    spokesperson, spokesman, spokeswoman, frontman
    ambassador, plenipotentiary
    messenger, go-between, proxy
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    1. 1.1A member of a committee.
      • ‘The committees will then select delegates to form 18 selection caucuses.’
      • ‘A union spokesman claimed that many of those stood down were union delegates and activists.’
      • ‘London regional council delegates held a secret ballot for the nomination.’
      • ‘Another two new faces were also appointed as delegates to the executive committee.’
      • ‘Following this process, most of the vetoes were then actioned by US delegates to the committee.’
      • ‘They set up soviets - committees of workers' delegates.’
      • ‘A big crowd of delegates, members, and supporters attended the convention from the counties.’
      • ‘By 1787, he was serving as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention but was unable to speak due to ill health.’
      • ‘She will preside as chair over the board of directors, executive committee and house of delegates.’
      • ‘I hope to run with another Alliance member for the branch committee or a delegate's position in the near future.’
      • ‘The argument was between the committee delegates who have ordinary jobs as well as positions in the union and the full time union officials who lead the pay negotiations.’
      • ‘Based on delegates, and members, they are building links with local communities.’
      • ‘I continue to work with a number of the delegates and subcommittee members on various issues of concern to the community.’
      • ‘The remaining eight at-large delegates were to be chosen at the May 30 state committee meeting.’


  • 1 Entrust (a task or responsibility) to another person, typically one who is less senior than oneself.

    ‘she must delegate duties so as to free herself for more important tasks’
    ‘the power delegated to him must never be misused’
    • ‘Managerial tasks could be delegated to others.’
    • ‘Very many years ago I was delegated the job by my then ward of going through the pile of CVs submitted for nomination to our then Euro constituency.’
    • ‘They can delegate that authority to an institution like this one, whose duty it is to follow the limit.’
    • ‘Because of all these things, I was delegated rights outside the frame of an Honorary Consul's duties and functions.’
    • ‘All of them authorised the trustees to delegate their powers.’
    • ‘Other tasks have been delegated to European institutions.’
    • ‘Similarly, if a questionnaire is sent to a manager in a firm, the task may simply be delegated to someone else.’
    • ‘Identify the person or persons delegated by the sport code to be the contact people.’
    • ‘The Burmese delegated women to perform this step of the process, also.’
    • ‘Recognizing he's been trying to do too much, he decided to delegate some authority.’
    • ‘They're not known to delegate authority to the subordinate units.’
    • ‘It is not a task that should be delegated to unelected officials.’
    • ‘The Deputy Attorney General may not delegate such authority.’
    • ‘It is also advisable to delegate someone as responsible in the case of a disaster.’
    • ‘I think he has a real problem with delegating authorities.’
    • ‘Now that states have responsibility for the registration list, this task should not be delegated to localities.’
    • ‘In this process the sovereignty of the people is delegated to the representatives.’
    • ‘The difficulty has resided in how the governing body has chosen to delegate ranking authority.’
    • ‘Authorities have been delegated, but basic services (at the local level) have not been up to par.’
    • ‘If an application is given to committee it takes longer to reach a decision, so the Government encourages local authorities to delegate the decision to planning officers.’
    assign, entrust, give, pass on, hand on, hand over, turn over, consign, devolve, depute, transfer
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    1. 1.1[with object and infinitive]Send or authorize (someone) to do something as a representative.
      ‘Edward was delegated to meet new arrivals’
      • ‘The committee agreed to give planning officers delegated authority to approve the two outline schemes, subject to a number of conditions.’
      • ‘I've delegated three people to rectify the problem, but none of them seem to know what the problem is.’
      • ‘The British bombardment hadn't been that bad, but he had to delegate uninjured soldiers to care for the wounded.’
      • ‘In the past he has delegated someone to read those that are written in languages he finds difficult.’
      • ‘Council planning officers have delegated powers to authorise masts of any height without taking the application to committee.’
      • ‘It was decided to invite new members to the committee and current members were delegated to do so.’
      • ‘We can delegate the authority to train and bring up our children to someone else but never the responsibility.’
      • ‘It is our right to determine who enters the country and we democratically delegate the authority to uphold this right to the Federal government.’
      • ‘She ‘may have to delegate a bit more authority to her deputies to offset her scant experience in running a big government agency like this,’ he said.’
      • ‘So we were delegated to write this letter and pose the question: if other towns can offer this type of service, why can't we?’
      • ‘This is a document that delegates someone you know to make health care decisions for you that are in line with your choices.’
      • ‘The committee agreed to delegate authority to the Director of Strategy and Planning to approve the plans, subject to negotiations to secure a one-way system.’
      • ‘The committee delegated members of the council to enter into negotiations with a suitable bar and catering contractor.’
      • ‘The government will introduce the legislation necessary to delegate the authority to the community committees so that they may implement the policies decided by the committee.’
      • ‘The Presidency may also delegate a judge or a staff member of the court to supervise the conditions of detention.’
      • ‘Finally Euan's table gets down to five or six players and I'm delegated to move over and make up the numbers.’
      • ‘‘Often we delegate a student in our group to go to attend lectures, and then everybody borrows the notes,’ he says.’
      • ‘His book seems more directly aimed at the stakeholder - the business professional who is responsible for hiring or delegating someone to design a site.’
      • ‘He explained that the aid agency announced through loudspeakers that refugees from each village should delegate someone to receive rice.’
      authorize, commission, depute, appoint, nominate, name, mandate, empower, charge, choose, select, designate, elect
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Late Middle English: from Latin delegatus sent on a commission, from the verb delegare, from de- down + legare depute.