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[n. del-i-git, -geyt; v. del-i-geyt] /n. ˈdɛl ɪ gɪt, -ˌgeɪt; v. ˈdɛl ɪˌgeɪt/
a person designated to act for or represent another or others; deputy; representative, as in a political convention.
(formerly) the representative of a Territory in the U.S. House of Representatives.
a member of the lower house of the state legislature of Maryland, Virginia, or West Virginia.
verb (used with object), delegated, delegating.
to send or appoint (a person) as deputy or representative.
to commit (powers, functions, etc.) to another as agent or deputy.
1350-1400; Middle English (noun) < Medieval Latin dēlēgātus, noun use of Latin: past participle of dēlēgāre to assign, equivalent to dē- de- + lēgātus deputed; see legate
Related forms
[del-i-guh-tee] /ˌdɛl ɪ gəˈti/ (Show IPA),
[del-i-gey-ter] /ˈdɛl ɪˌgeɪ tər/ (Show IPA),
nondelegate, noun
predelegate, noun, verb, predelegated, predelegating.
redelegate, verb (used with object), redelegated, redelegating.
subdelegate, noun
subdelegate, verb (used with object), subdelegated, subdelegating.
undelegated, adjective
5. entrust, assign, transfer. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for delegated
  • The items that fall below that arc are the tasks that can wait or they are items that can be delegated to others.
  • The real concern ought to be about delegated government.
  • But some have reportedly delegated a shocking amount of the actual opinion writing to their clerks.
  • And lenders have delegated much of the responsibility for evaluating borrowers to other players, such as credit-rating agencies.
  • As a countermeasure, camp brothels were set up, and the task of punishment was delegated to specially selected prisoners.
  • It cannot be avoided by excuses, nor can it be delegated.
  • But people who worked with him say he delegated responsibility to teams with high performance goals that ultimately paid off.
  • Command-and-control protocols are likely to be looser and more delegated.
  • And all those tasks were, again, delegated to the military and intelligence personnel.
  • Scrutiny of borrowers was delegated to rating agencies, who were paid by the debt-issuers.
British Dictionary definitions for delegated


noun (ˈdɛlɪˌɡeɪt; -ɡɪt)
a person chosen or elected to act for or represent another or others, esp at a conference or meeting
(US, government) a representative of a territory in the US House of Representatives
verb (ˈdɛlɪˌɡeɪt)
to give or commit (duties, powers, etc) to another as agent or representative; depute
(transitive) to send, authorize, or elect (a person) as agent or representative
(transitive) (mainly US) to assign (a person owing a debt to oneself) to one's creditor in substitution for oneself
Derived Forms
delegable (ˈdɛlɪɡəbəl) adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Latin dēlēgāre to send on a mission, from lēgāre to send, depute; see legate
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Word Origin and History for delegated



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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