Definition of deputation in English:

deputation

noun

  • A group of people appointed to undertake a mission or take part in a formal process on behalf of a larger group.

    ‘he had been a member of a deputation to Napoleon III’
    • ‘Each of the nine deputations the committee heard criticised the council for springing the cuts on the groups by letter 17 days ago.’
    • ‘But it still left many advocacy groups annoyed at the limited time they had for deputations - or formal presentations to councillors - and concerned that their opinions had little effect on the final outcome.’
    • ‘If people wanted something done, they went in a deputation to the minister, escorted by their local member.’
    • ‘She proposed that a deputation from the council should meet with the Minister for Education to stress the importance of the need for new schools in the town.’
    • ‘‘He led many successful deputations to Ministers for Health and played a major role in the development of our General Hospital,’ he added.’
    delegation, delegacy, legation, commission, committee, mission, diplomatic mission
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Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘appointment to an office or function’): from late Latin deputatio(n-), from the verb deputare (see depute).

Pronunciation

deputation

/dɛpjʊˈteɪʃ(ə)n/