Definitions

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

  • n. A person or group appointed to represent another or others; a delegation.
  • n. The act of deputing.
  • n. The state of being deputed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of deputing, or of appointing or commissioning a deputy or representative; office of a deputy or delegate; vicegerency.
  • n. The person or persons deputed or commissioned by another person, party, or public body to act in his or its behalf; delegation; as, the general sent a deputation to the enemy to propose a truce.
  • n. Among Christian missionaries, the process or period of time during which they raise support in preparation for going to their mission field. This use of the word has been common in churches and mission organizations for over a century, but has recently been giving way to the more "bureaucratic" term "home ministry assignment". As commonly used, a missionary does deputation or is on deputation. However, the missionary is not called a "deputy" nor is the person said to be a part of a "deputation". Deputation begins when the missionary is officially commissioned to be a missionary, and it ends when the person goes to the mission field.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of deputing, or of appointing or commissioning a deputy or representative; office of a deputy or delegate; vicegerency.
  • n. The person or persons deputed or commissioned by another person, party, or public body to act in his or its behalf; delegation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Appointment or authority to represent or act for another or others.
  • n. The person or persons authorized to represent or act for another or others: as, the local societies were represented by large deputations.
  • n. In Eng. forestry law, formerly, a license conferring the rights of a gamekeeper. See the extracts.

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

  • n. authorizing subordinates to make certain decisions
  • n. a group of representatives or delegates

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Examples

  • Soon after my arrival a deputation from the Greek Christians of the place came to request my interference in a matter which had occasioned vast excitement.

    Eothen

  • In fact only the week before last they received a deputation from the Commission of the European Community.

    Europe, NATO and North America and their Future Relationships

  • During the recess a deputation from the Dutch Reformed Church interviewed the Minister and pressed for some form of extended control over internal publications.

    reich12

  • Bonaparte stayed long enough at Berlin to permit of the arrival of a deputation from the French Senate to congratulate him on his first triumphs.

    Complete Project Gutenberg Collection of Memoirs of Napoleon

  • The Poles were still uncertain as to the ultimate fate which the Emperor reserved for their country; but a future bright with hope shone before their eyes, until these visions were rudely dispelled by the Emperor's reply to the deputation from the Polish confederation established at Warsaw.

    Complete Project Gutenberg Collection of Memoirs of Napoleon

  • We and many other of the Suffrage Societies were received in deputation by Mr. Asquith, only to be told the case over again.

    Prisons and Prisoners: Some Personal Experiences

  • December 7, a municipal, at the head of a deputation from the Commune, came to read to the king a decree which ordered him to take from the prisoners "knives, razors, scissors, penknives, and all other sharp instruments of which prisoners presumed criminal are deprived; and to make a most minute search of their persons and of their apartments."

    The Ruin of a Princess

  • Their Majesties, shut up in the Tower for three months, had so far seen none but the municipal officers, when, on the 1st of November, a deputation from the National Convention was announced to them.

    The Ruin of a Princess

  • It is to give the right to those who do want it – to those signatories of the second largest petition ever laid on the table of the House of Commons – to the 96,000 textile workers – to the women who went last month in deputation to the Prime Minister, and who represented over half a million belonging to Trade Unions and organized societies.

    The Convert

  • On the 6th May he dined with Her Majesty at Marlborough House; on the 7th he received a deputation from the inhabitants of his native town of Whittlesey, who were desirous of making him a presentation.

    The Autobiography of Liuetenant-General Sir Harry Smith, Baronet of Aliwal on the Sutlej, G. C. B.

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