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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person authorized to act as representative for another; a deputy or an agent.
  • n. A representative to a conference or convention.
  • n. A member of a House of Delegates, the lower house of the Maryland, Virginia, or West Virginia legislature.
  • n. An elected or appointed representative of a U.S. territory in the House of Representatives who is entitled to speak but not vote.
  • transitive v. To authorize and send (another person) as one's representative.
  • transitive v. To commit or entrust to another: delegate a task to a subordinate.
  • transitive v. Law To appoint (one's debtor) as a debtor to one's creditor in place of oneself.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a person authorized to act as representative for another; a deputy
  • n. a representative at a conference, etc.
  • n. an appointed representative in some legislative bodies
  • n. a type of variable storing a reference to a method with a particular signature, analogous to a function pointer
  • v. to authorize someone to be a delegate
  • v. to commit a task to someone, especially a subordinate
  • v. (Internet) (of a subdomain) to give away authority over a subdomain; to allow someone else to create sub-subdomains of a subdomain of yours

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one sent and empowered to act for another; one deputed to represent; a chosen deputy; a representative; a commissioner; a vicar.
  • n.
  • n. One elected by the people of a territory to represent them in Congress, where he has the right of debating, but not of voting.
  • n. One sent by any constituency to act as its representative in a convention.
  • adj. Sent to act for or represent another; deputed.
  • transitive v. To send as one's representative; to empower as an ambassador; to send with power to transact business; to commission; to depute; to authorize.
  • transitive v. To intrust to the care or management of another; to transfer; to assign; to commit.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To depute; appropriately, to send with power to transact business as a representative: as. he was delegated to the convention.
  • To intrust; commit; deliver to another's care and management: as, to delegate authority or power to a representative.
  • Deputed; commissioned or sent to act for or represent another.
  • n. A person appointed and sent by another or by others, with power to transact business as his or their representative; a deputy; a commissioner; an attorney.
  • n. Specifically In the United States: A person elected or appointed to represent a Territory in Congress, as distinguished from the representatives of States.
  • n. A person sent with representative powers to a convention, conference, or other assembly for nomination of officers, or for drafting or altering a constitution, or for the transaction of the business of the organization which such persons collectively represent.
  • n. In Great Britain: A commissioner formerly appointed by the crown, under the great seal, to hear and determine appeals from the ecclesiastical courts.
  • n. One of a committee chosen by the house of convocation in the University of Oxford, with power to act.
  • n. A layman appointed to attend an ecclesiastical council.
  • n. The lower house of the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church (in full, House of Clerical and Lay Delegates).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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


Middle English delegat, from Medieval Latin dēlēgātus, from past participle of dēlēgāre, to dispatch : Latin dē-, de- + Latin lēgāre, to send; see leg- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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