• WordNet 3.6
    • n delegation authorizing subordinates to make certain decisions
    • n delegation a group of representatives or delegates
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Delegation (Rom. Law) 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.
    • Delegation 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.
    • Delegation The act of delegating, or investing with authority to act for another; the appointment of a delegate or delegates.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n delegation A sending or deputing; the act of putting in commission, or investing with authority to act for another; the appointment of a delegate.
    • n delegation A person or body of persons deputed to act for another or for others; specifically, in the United States, the whole body of men who represent a single district or State in a representative assembly.
    • n delegation In Austria-Hungary, one of two bodies summoned annually by the emperor to legislate on matters pertaining to the whole empire. One delegation is chosen by the Austrian Reichsrath, the other by the Hungarian Reichstag, and each consists of sixty members.
    • n delegation In civil law, the act by which a debtor, in order to be freed from his debt, offers in his stead to the creditor another person, who binds himself for the debt. The delegation is said to be perfect, when the delegating debtor is discharged by his creditor, imperfect when the creditor retains his rights against his original debtor.
    • n delegation In French usage, a share certificate.
    • n delegation In banking, an informal and non-negotiable letter employed by bankers for the transfer of a debt or credit.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Delegation a delegating: the persons delegated
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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. delegatio,: cf. F. délégation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. de, away, and legare, -ātum, to send as ambassador.


In literature:

About five thousand delegates were present.
"The American Missionary - Volume 52, No. 3, September, 1898" by Various
She played it in Chicago at McVicker's, when the President was first nominated, to hundreds of the delegates who voted for him.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
Jefferson was again elected to the House of Burgesses, and in 1774, was elected a delegate to the State convention.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 4 of 8" by Various
Under the leadership of the two Andrade brothers the delegates insisted on the most liberal of constitutions.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
I am a delegate from the Central Committee in Paris.
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux
Its first alternative is, perhaps, to impose on its delegates an imperative mandate.
"The Cult of Incompetence" by Emile Faguet
The sovereignty of this larger body was vested in the Congress of delegates appointed yearly by the states.
"The Critical Period of American History" by John Fiske
The delegations are annually summoned by the monarch alternately to Vienna and to Budapest.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
With regard to the Cape Colony he had not given a hopeful prospect to the Transvaal delegates.
"The Peace Negotiations" by J. D. Kestell
Delegates from woman's societies to State and National conventions invariably found themselves rejected.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume I"

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:

In this photo from 2009, a delegation from Thalmasing, Germany, Boniface Wimmer's hometown, poses for a portrait in front of St Vincent Basilica.
Democratic losses in the state House of Delegates have some questioning the leadership of the House and the state Democratic Party.
"I don't think the leadership of the House had anything to do with the loss of the seats in the House of Delegates," he said.
Then ADA President William Calnon presents the Distinguished Service Award to Dr Al Guay during the first meeting of the ADA House of Delegates Oct 19.
SALT LAKE CITY — A majority of Utahns support the state's guest-worker program for undocumented immigrants — and most don't want delegates to Saturday's state GOP convention to call for its repeal.
Adopted by a Chapter Delegate Assembly Ratified by the APA Board of Directors, April 11, 1995 — Toronto, Canada.
He was founding chairman of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, which sought to have blacks included among the state's delegates to the 1964 Democratic National Convention.
Kansas DNC delegate Pat Lehman drops the H-bomb .
One hundred twenty-nine delegates attended the four-day assembly this year.
A n alliance of Navajo grassroots organizations is recommending the appointment of Council Delegate Katherine Benally to head the effort to re-negotiate a water rights settlement to govern the Little Colorado River.
Delegates are fired up just the same.
2010 Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates.
View full size Jae C. Hong / AP Texas delegates cheer Tuesday as Mitt Romney is nominated for the office of the President of the United States at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.
Delegate accused of bypassing lawmakers in legal-opinion tactic.
CORPUS CHRISTI — Voters choosing the Coastal Bend delegation to the Texas Legislature have an obvious choice for Senate District 20 and difficult decisions in House Districts 34 and 43.

In science:

The suggested protocol, apart from making communication reliability an integral part of the clustering process, also incorporates residual energy of the nodes throughout the clustering process, thus ensuring delegating more responsibilities in the hierarchy to the higher energy nodes.
Acdmcp: An adaptive and completely distributed multi-hop clustering protocol for wireless sensor networks
Detailed proofs are delegated to the optional Appendix.
On the Cost of Concurrency in Transactional Memory
We hope to exploit the efficient on chip network for communication and delegation, as well as its ability to change the memory mapping of each core.
Extending and Implementing the Self-adaptive Virtual Processor for Distributed Memory Architectures
During the call to fit, it selects the parameters on a specified parameter grid, maximizing a score (the score method of the underlying estimator). predict, score, or transform are then delegated to the tuned estimator.
Scikit-learn: Machine Learning in Python
This work was presented at International Workshop on Neutron Optics “NOP2010” in Alpe d’Huez, France, and the delegates are thanked for their constructive feedback at this event.
Correction of Optical Aberrations in Elliptic Neutron Guides