Definition of


  1. (noun, person) a person appointed or elected to represent others
  2. (verb, social) transfer power to someone
  3. (verb, social) give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)

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Synonyms of Delegate

assign, depute, designate

Origin of the word Delegate

  1. late 14c., from L. delegatus, pp. of delegare "to send as a representative," from de- "from, away" + legare "send with a commission." The verb is from 1520s. more

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