Definitions for delegateˈdɛl ɪ gɪt, -ˌgeɪt; -ˌgeɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

del•e•gateˈdɛl ɪ gɪt, -ˌgeɪt; -ˌgeɪt(n.; v.)-gat•ed, -gat•ing.

  1. (n.)a person designated to act for or represent another or others, as at a conference or political convention.

    Category: Government

  2. the representative of a Territory in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    Category: Government

  3. a member of the House of Delegates in Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland.

    Category: Government

  4. (v.t.)to send or appoint as deputy or representative.

  5. to commit (powers, functions, etc.) to another as agent.

Origin of delegate:

1350–1400; ME (n.) < ML dēlēgātus, n. use of L: ptp. of dēlēgāre to assign =dē-de - +lēgāre to send as an envoy; see legate


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


  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.

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

Translations for delegate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an elected representative (to a conference, Parliament, committee etc)

The delegates met in the conference room.

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