Definitions for: Delegate


[n] a person appointed or elected to represent others
[v] give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)
[v] transfer power to someone



Webster (1913) Definition: Del"e*gate, n. [L. delegatus, p. p. of delegare to
send, delegate; de- + legare to send with a commission, to
depute. See Legate.]
1. Any one sent and empowered to act for another; one deputed
to represent; a chosen deputy; a representative; a
commissioner; a vicar.

2.
(a) One elected by the people of a territory to represent
them in Congress, where he has the right of debating,
but not of voting.
(b) 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. [U.S.]

Court of delegates, formerly, the great court of appeal
from the archbishops' courts and also from the court of
admiralty. It is now abolished, and the privy council is
the immediate court of appeal in such cases. [Eng.]


Del"e*gate, a. [L. delegatus, p. p.]
Sent to act for or represent another; deputed; as, a delegate
judge. ``Delegate power.'' --Strype.


Del"e*gate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Delegated; p. pr. &
vb. n. Delegating.]
1. To send as one's representative; to empower as an
ambassador; to send with power to transact business; to
commission; to depute; to authorize.

2. To intrust to the care or management of another; to
transfer; to assign; to commit.

The delegated administration of the law. --Locke.

Delegated executive power. --Bancroft.

The power exercised by the legislature is the
people's power, delegated by the people to the
legislative. --J. B. Finch.

Synonyms: assign, depute, designate

See Also: advance, apostolic delegate, appoint, break, bump, cast, charge, delegate, demote, devolve, elevate, kick downstairs, kick upstairs, mandate, place, post, promote, raise, reassign, regiment, relegate, representative, task, transfer, upgrade

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