Definition of delegate in English:

delegate

noun

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

    • ‘Those hundred and ten delegates representing this body here today, we said diversity is a sign of strength, not a sign of weakness.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The motion received unanimous support from delegates at the conference.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As a conference delegate representing the region, she has already successfully moved several resolutions.’
    • ‘Each of the seven counties was well represented by enthusiastic delegates who actively participated in what was often very lively discussion.’
    • ‘Members will also be receiving a model resolution calling on union branches to support the conference and send delegates.’
    • ‘The meeting will commence at 9pm and all centres are requested to send delegates.’
    • ‘The 300 delegates at the conference withdrew a more conciliatory motion on the smoking ban and voted instead for outright opposition to it.’
    • ‘First, about 27 districts sent two delegates (double representation) to this congress.’
    • ‘And it is exercisable by the Queen's representative, not her delegate or agent.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In 1971, residents gained the right to elect a delegate to the House of Representatives.’
    • ‘All centres in the region are asked to send delegates.’
    • ‘It is interesting to note that China sent 20 delegates to this 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 is our delegate, elected to represent our wishes to the best of his ability.’
    • ‘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 conference's 45,000 delegates are also plowing through other resources.’
    • ‘He was elected by conference delegates with 252 votes compared to 154 for the alternative candidate.’
    representative, envoy, emissary, commissioner, agent, deputy, commissary
    spokesperson, spokesman, spokeswoman, frontman
    ambassador, plenipotentiary
    messenger, go-between, proxy
    nuncio
    depute
    legate
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    1. 1.1A member of a committee.
      • ‘A union spokesman claimed that many of those stood down were union delegates and activists.’
      • ‘I hope to run with another Alliance member for the branch committee or a delegate's position in the near future.’
      • ‘The committees will then select delegates to form 18 selection caucuses.’
      • ‘She will preside as chair over the board of directors, executive committee and house of delegates.’
      • ‘I continue to work with a number of the delegates and subcommittee members on various issues of concern to the community.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They set up soviets - committees of workers' delegates.’
      • ‘Based on delegates, and members, they are building links with local communities.’
      • ‘The remaining eight at-large delegates were to be chosen at the May 30 state committee meeting.’
      • ‘Following this process, most of the vetoes were then actioned by US delegates to the committee.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Another two new faces were also appointed as delegates to the executive committee.’
      • ‘London regional council delegates held a secret ballot for the nomination.’

verb

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

    ‘he delegates routine tasks’
    ‘the power delegated to him must never be misused’
    • ‘Identify the person or persons delegated by the sport code to be the contact people.’
    • ‘Other tasks have been delegated to European institutions.’
    • ‘In this process the sovereignty of the people is delegated to the representatives.’
    • ‘Recognizing he's been trying to do too much, he decided to delegate some authority.’
    • ‘All of them authorised the trustees to delegate their powers.’
    • ‘It is not a task that should be delegated to unelected officials.’
    • ‘They can delegate that authority to an institution like this one, whose duty it is to follow the limit.’
    • ‘The Burmese delegated women to perform this step of the process, also.’
    • ‘Now that states have responsibility for the registration list, this task should not be delegated to localities.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They're not known to delegate authority to the subordinate units.’
    • ‘The Deputy Attorney General may not delegate such authority.’
    • ‘Because of all these things, I was delegated rights outside the frame of an Honorary Consul's duties and functions.’
    • ‘I think he has a real problem with delegating authorities.’
    • ‘It is also advisable to delegate someone as responsible in the case of a disaster.’
    • ‘Similarly, if a questionnaire is sent to a manager in a firm, the task may simply be delegated to someone else.’
    • ‘The difficulty has resided in how the governing body has chosen to delegate ranking authority.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Managerial tasks could be delegated to others.’
    • ‘Authorities have been delegated, but basic services (at the local level) have not been up to par.’
    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’
      • ‘I've delegated three people to rectify the problem, but none of them seem to know what the problem is.’
      • ‘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 delegated members of the council to enter into negotiations with a suitable bar and catering contractor.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘We can delegate the authority to train and bring up our children to someone else but never the responsibility.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is our right to determine who enters the country and we democratically delegate the authority to uphold this right to the Federal government.’
      • ‘The British bombardment hadn't been that bad, but he had to delegate uninjured soldiers to care for the wounded.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Finally Euan's table gets down to five or six players and I'm delegated to move over and make up the numbers.’
      • ‘His book seems more directly aimed at the stakeholder - the business professional who is responsible for hiring or delegating someone to design a site.’
      • ‘It was decided to invite new members to the committee and current members were delegated to do so.’
      • ‘Council planning officers have delegated powers to authorise masts of any height without taking the application to committee.’
      • ‘‘Often we delegate a student in our group to go to attend lectures, and then everybody borrows the notes,’ he says.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Presidency may also delegate a judge or a staff member of the court to supervise the conditions of detention.’
      • ‘He explained that the aid agency announced through loudspeakers that refugees from each village should delegate someone to receive rice.’
      • ‘In the past he has delegated someone to read those that are written in languages he finds difficult.’
      • ‘The committee agreed to give planning officers delegated authority to approve the two outline schemes, subject to a number of conditions.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin delegatus sent on a commission from the verb delegare, from de- down + legare depute.