One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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’
delegation, delegacy, legation, commission, committee, mission, diplomatic missionView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘Each of the nine deputations the committee heard criticised the council for springing the cuts on the groups by letter 17 days ago.’
- ‘If people wanted something done, they went in a deputation to the minister, escorted by their local member.’
- ‘‘He led many successful deputations to Ministers for Health and played a major role in the development of our General Hospital,’ he added.’
- ‘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.’
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘appointment to an office or function’): from late Latin deputatio(n-), from the verb deputare (see depute).
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