1. a person designated to act for or represent another or others; deputy; representative, as in a political convention.
  2. (formerly) the representative of a Territory in the U.S. House of Representatives.
  3. a member of the lower house of the state legislature of Maryland, Virginia, or West Virginia.

verb (used with object), del·e·gat·ed, del·e·gat·ing.

  1. to send or appoint (a person) as deputy or representative.
  2. to commit (powers, functions, etc.) to another as agent or deputy.

noun (ˈdɛlɪˌɡeɪt, -ɡɪt)

  1. a person chosen or elected to act for or represent another or others, esp at a conference or meeting
  2. US government a representative of a territory in the US House of Representatives

verb (ˈdɛlɪˌɡeɪt)

  1. to give or commit (duties, powers, etc) to another as agent or representative; depute
  2. (tr) to send, authorize, or elect (a person) as agent or representative
  3. (tr) mainly US to assign (a person owing a debt to oneself) to one’s creditor in substitution for oneself

late 15c., from Old French delegat or directly from Latin delegatus, past participle of delegare “to send as a representative,” from de- “from, away” (see de-) + legare “send with a commission” (see legate).


1520s (early 15c. as a past participle adjective), from delegate (n.). Related: Delegated; delegating.

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