What does delegate mean?

Definitions for delegateˈdɛl ɪ gɪt, -ˌgeɪt; -ˌgeɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word delegate.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. delegate(verb)

    a person appointed or elected to represent others

  2. delegate, depute(verb)

    transfer power to someone

  3. delegate, designate, depute, assign(verb)

    give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)


  1. delegate(Noun)

    a person authorized to act as representative for another; a deputy

  2. delegate(Noun)

    a representative at a conference, etc.

  3. delegate(Noun)

    an appointed representative in some legislative bodies

  4. delegate(Noun)

    a type of variable storing a reference to a method with a particular signature, analogous to a function pointer

  5. delegate(Verb)

    to authorize someone to be a delegate

  6. delegate(Verb)

    to commit a task to someone, especially a subordinate

  7. delegate(Verb)

    to give away authority over a subdomain; to allow someone else to create sub-subdomains of a subdomain of yours

Webster Dictionary

  1. Delegate(noun)

    any one sent and empowered to act for another; one deputed to represent; a chosen deputy; a representative; a commissioner; a vicar

  2. Delegate(noun)

    one elected by the people of a territory to represent them in Congress, where he has the right of debating, but not of voting

  3. Delegate(noun)

    one sent by any constituency to act as its representative in a convention; as, a delegate to a convention for nominating officers, or for forming or altering a constitution

  4. Delegate(adj)

    sent to act for or represent another; deputed; as, a delegate judge

  5. Delegate(verb)

    to send as one's representative; to empower as an ambassador; to send with power to transact business; to commission; to depute; to authorize

  6. Delegate(verb)

    to intrust to the care or management of another; to transfer; to assign; to commit

  7. Origin: [L. delegatus, p. p.]


  1. Delegate

    A delegate is someone who speaks or acts on behalf of an organization at a meeting or conference between organizations of the same level.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Delegate

    del′e-gāt, v.t. to send as a legate or representative: to entrust or commit to.—n. one who is delegated: a deputy or representative: (U.S.) a person elected to represent a territory in congress, as distinguished from the representatives of the States.—adj. delegated, deputed.—ns. Delegā′tion, Del′egacy, a delegating: the persons delegated. [L. de, away, and legare, -ātum, to send as ambassador.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    From Eng. _dally_, to loaf, and Fr. _gate_, spoiled. A spoiled loafer.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'delegate' in Nouns Frequency: #1924


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of delegate in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of delegate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Stephen W. Comiskey:

    You can delegate authority, but not responsibility.

  2. Ronald Reagan:

    Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don't interfere.

  3. Marlene Dietrich:

    A king, realizing his incompetence, can either delegate or abdicate his duties. A father can do neither. If only sons could see the paradox, they would understand the dilemma.

  4. Reince Priebus:

    This is a delegate-driven process. This is the first time in a long time people actually cared about delegate count, but delegates matter, the minority of delegates doesn't rule for the majority.

  5. Admiral Hyman Rickover:

    Responsiblity is a unique concept. It can only reside and inhere in a single individual. You may share it with others, but your portion is not diminished. You may delegate it, but it is still with you. You may disclaim it, but you cannot divest yourself of it.

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Translations for delegate

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • موفد, فوضArabic
  • упълномощавам, делегат, делегирам, представителBulgarian
  • delegada, delegatCatalan, Valencian
  • delegovat, delegátCzech
  • Vertreter, Abgeordneter, DelegierterGerman
  • diputar, delegada, delegadoSpanish
  • نماینده, تفویض کردن, سپردنPersian
  • edustajaFinnish
  • déléguer, déléguée, déléguéFrench
  • neach-ionaid, riochdaireScottish Gaelic
  • נציג, בא-כוחHebrew
  • delegato, delegataInterlingua
  • delegareItalian
  • נָצִיגHebrew
  • 代理人, 使節, 代表Japanese
  • gedelegeerde, afgevaardigdeDutch
  • delegada, delegadoPortuguese
  • представи́тельница, поручи́ть, уполномо́чить, представи́тель, уполномо́чивать, делеги́ровать, делега́тка, делега́т, поруча́тьRussian
  • delegatSwedish
  • delegeTurkish

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