• WordNet 3.6
    • v delegate give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)
    • v delegate transfer power to someone
    • n delegate a person appointed or elected to represent others
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Delegate Any one sent and empowered to act for another; one deputed to represent; a chosen deputy; a representative; a commissioner; a vicar.
    • Delegate One elected by the people of a territory to represent them in Congress, where he has the right of debating, but not of voting.
    • Delegate 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.
    • a Delegate Sent to act for or represent another; deputed; as, a delegate judge. "Delegate power."
    • Delegate To intrust to the care or management of another; to transfer; to assign; to commit. "The delegated administration of the law.""Delegated executive power.""The power exercised by the legislature is the people's power, delegated by the people to the legislative."
    • Delegate To send as one's representative; to empower as an ambassador; to send with power to transact business; to commission; to depute; to authorize.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • delegate To depute; appropriately, to send with power to transact business as a representative: as. he was delegated to the convention.
    • delegate To intrust; commit; deliver to another's care and management: as, to delegate authority or power to a representative.
    • delegate Deputed; commissioned or sent to act for or represent another.
    • n delegate A person appointed and sent by another or by others, with power to transact business as his or their representative; a deputy; a commissioner; an attorney.
    • n delegate Specifically In the United States: A person elected or appointed to represent a Territory in Congress, as distinguished from the representatives of States. The territorial delegates have seats in the House of Representatives and salaries like other members, may speak, offer motions, etc., and be appointed on certain committees, but may not vote.
    • n delegate A person sent with representative powers to a convention, conference, or other assembly for nomination of officers, or for drafting or altering a constitution, or for the transaction of the business of the organization which such persons collectively represent.
    • n delegate In Great Britain: A commissioner formerly appointed by the crown, under the great seal, to hear and determine appeals from the ecclesiastical courts.
    • n delegate One of a committee chosen by the house of convocation in the University of Oxford, with power to act.
    • n delegate A layman appointed to attend an ecclesiastical council.
    • n delegate The lower house of the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church (in full, House of Clerical and Lay Delegates).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Delegate del′e-gāt to send as a legate or representative: to entrust or commit to
    • n Delegate one who is delegated: a deputy or representative:
    • adj Delegate delegated, deputed
    • n Delegate (U.S.) a person elected to represent a territory in congress, as distinguished from the representatives of the States
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  • Timothy Firnstahl
    Timothy Firnstahl
    “Delegating means letting others become the experts and hence the best.”
  • Nadine Gramling
    Nadine Gramling
    “You have to do many things yourself. Things that you cannot delegate.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “When in charge ponder. When in trouble delegate. When in doubt mumble.”
  • Robert Half
    Robert Half
    “Delegating work works, provided the one delegating works, too.”
  • Ronald Reagan
    “Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don't interfere.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. delegatus, p. p. of delegare, to send, delegate; de-, + legare, to send with a commission, to depute. See Legate


In literature:

It was a small body consisting of but forty delegates.
"Benjamin Franklin, A Picture of the Struggles of Our Infant Nation One Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
I can get every vote in the delegation, but my own!
"In the Heart of a Fool" by William Allen White
It seems the delegates from the south could act with plenary power.
"Letters from China and Japan" by John Dewey
These delegates composed the first Continental Congress.
"Hero Stories from American History" by Albert F. Blaisdell
The delegations from Maine, New York and Kansas also were favorable.
"The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony (Volume 2 of 2)" by Ida Husted Harper
Some Cheyenne delegates from the Tongue River reservation in Montana were there also, seeking information.
"Boys' Book of Indian Warriors" by Edwin L. Sabin
With the opening of the spring time Villebon received a delegation of 100 warriors of the Kennebec and Penobscot tribes at his fort.
"Glimpses of the Past" by W. O. Raymond
None but delegates were allowed to vote.
"Uncle Daniel's Story Of "Tom" Anderson And Twenty Great Battles" by John McElroy
There was a delegate with us, a field delegate, and I was spokesman, elected by the rank and file of the twenty-two.
"The Everett massacre" by Walker C. Smith
The convention approved of the proceedings of congress, and of the conduct of the Virginia delegates.
"History of the Colony and Ancient Dominion of Virginia" by Charles Campbell

In poetry:

That time when Lord Cecil
Induced Sir Austin to wrestle
Delegated rushed up in a fever
From all over Geneva
"Clerihew – Lord Cecil" by Edmund Clerihew Bentley
You hold the records and the seal,
And Buck 'll hold the bag,
While John and Ed, by crooked deal,
The delegates will gag.
"Hiland-Buckingham" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
Since Eddie taught us how to buck
And gag the delegate,
We'll slime the people's choice with muck
And let the rascals bleat.
"Hiland-Buckingham" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
For charity, angelic power!
Thy fav'rite delegate below!
Makes industry, our peaceful dower!
A guard from indigence and woe.
"Two Hymns" by William Hayley

In news:

Kentucky's entire Congressional delegation agreed with the vote.
This means you will need a Chinese visa as well, and even then visas may not be available unless you are part of an organized delegation accepted into.
So, how are Missouri Republicans greeting their chance to participate in a sort-of-hotly-contested primary that will determine exactly no delegates today.
Two ideas that will increase the ability of local governments to deal with their problems have shown some movement in the House of Delegates in the last couple of weeks.
Delegating responsibility can help combat trend toward indulgence , experts say.
Romney is set to pick up a bunch of delegates on Super Tuesday.
The parliamentarian of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party is a member of the board of directors of the West Palm Beach Democratic Club and was a Democratic National Convention delegate.
BOSTON – After Super Tuesday failed to offer clarity in the still-turbulent Republican presidential race, Mitt Romney's campaign began making the case Wednesday that he has built a lead in the delegate count that is nearly insurmountable .
Mitt Romney's team is using delegate math to make the case to his rivals that they should drop out.
The former governor has about 415 delegates, with 1,144 needed to secure the nomination.
The Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates is frustrated.
Iran certainly mounted an extravagant show for the high-ranking delegations from 120 nations as it sought to demonstrate it was engaged with the world, not isolated from it.
Jimmy Hoffa , Teamsters vice president and leading candidate to become the organization's new president, waves to delegates on Sept 30, 1957, at the opening of the union's convention in Miami Beach.
Delegation in Long-Term Care: Scope of Practice or Job Description .
Joe Miller says he is withdrawing his objection to the certification of Lisa Murkowski so that Alaska can have its full delegation seated next month.

In science:

It is perceived that a novel approach such as EDM could greatly improve accuracy by delegating much of the work to the computer rather than the user.
Exploring Human Factors in Spreadsheet Development
Our implementation of these methods just delegate to the respective Java ob ject method invocations.
Symbolic Script Programming for Java
The analysis of these sets requires some computations, which we delegate to the Appendix.
Global existence for coupled Klein-Gordon equations with different speeds
With the help of If we can delegate type-related decisions from design time to instantiation (compilation) time.
Testing by C++ template metaprograms
In this case the IdP will delegate the responsibility to classify the new members as students to the newly connected IdP, and forward this classification as its own to all RPs that connect to it.
The Identity Crisis. Security, Privacy and Usability Issues in Identity Management