What does delegation mean?

Definitions for delegation
ˌdɛl ɪˈgeɪ ʃəndel·e·ga·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. deputation, commission, delegation, delegacy, missionnoun

    a group of representatives or delegates

  2. delegating, delegation, relegating, relegation, deputationnoun

    authorizing subordinates to make certain decisions


  1. delegationnoun

    An act of delegating.

    Etymology: delegatio: confer French délégation.

  2. delegationnoun

    A group of delegates used to discuss issues with an opponent.

    Etymology: delegatio: confer French délégation.

  3. delegationnoun

    A method dispatching technique describing the lookup and inheritance rules for self-referential calls.

    Etymology: delegatio: confer French délégation.

  4. delegationnoun

    A contract whereby the original debtor substitutes a new debtor in his stead, with the creditor's permission.

    Etymology: delegatio: confer French délégation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Delegationnoun

    the act of delegating, or investing with authority to act for another; the appointment of a delegate or delegates

    Etymology: [L. delegatio: cf. F. dlgation.]

  2. Delegationnoun

    one or more persons appointed or chosen, and commissioned to represent others, as in a convention, in Congress, etc.; the collective body of delegates; as, the delegation from Massachusetts; a deputation

    Etymology: [L. delegatio: cf. F. dlgation.]

  3. Delegationnoun

    a kind of novation by which a debtor, to be liberated from his creditor, gives him a third person, who becomes obliged in his stead to the creditor, or to the person appointed by him

    Etymology: [L. delegatio: cf. F. dlgation.]


  1. Delegation

    Delegation is the partnership of authority and responsibility to another person to carry out specific activities. It is one of the core concepts of management leadership. However the person who delegated the work remains accountable for the outcome of the delegated work. Delegation empowers a subordinate to make decisions, i.e. it is a shift of decision-making authority from one organizational level to a lower one. Delegation, if properly done, is not abdication. The opposite of effective delegation is micromanagement, where a manager provides too much input, direction, and review of delegated work. In general, delegation is good and can save money and time, help in building skills, and motivate people. Poor delegation, on the other hand, might cause frustration, and confusion to all the involved parties. Delegation in IT network is also an evolving field. Also see Context aware delegation.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'delegation' in Nouns Frequency: #1991

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of delegation in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of delegation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of delegation in a Sentence

  1. Donald Trump:

    The Philadelphia Eagles are unable to come to Philadelphia Eagles ' White House with their full team to be celebrated tomorrow, they disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country. The Philadelphia Eagles wanted to send a smaller delegation, but the 1,000 fans planning to attend the event deserve better.

  2. Troy Carter:

    I remain hopeful that our Louisiana delegation will not throw the bipartisan history of infrastructure negotiations out the window, i'm grateful that Sen. Cassidy stands with me in this effort. I don't plan to return to my constituents empty-handed.

  3. Edward Daniels:

    We are very pleased to have been part of this historic delegation. Clearly Iran remains under sanctions with time before sanctions will be unwound and clearly we will be absolutely adhering to all sanctions, having said that, when sanctions are removed we will look to examine possible options to work in Iran.

  4. Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer:

    He prevented the crash last night. He was headed… over the edge, because his party was deserting him, all those defections, the governors and senators and members of Congress. Remember, when Nixon resigned, it was not right after the Supreme Court ordered him to release the tapes. It was when Barry Goldwater and the delegation from the Congress went to Nixon and said, 'It's over, you've got to resign.' And the next day, he announced his resignation.

  5. Jared Huffman:

    Some of these folks were booing (Rep.) Barbara Lee, D-Calif., at the California (delegation) breakfast this morning, i mean, she’s to the left of Bernie Sanders. It tells you a lot about the intensity of the faction.

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