delegate

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Pronunciation[change]

noun
  • IPA: /ˈdɛlɪɡət/
verb
  • IPA: /ˈdɛlɪˌɡeɪt/

Noun[change]

Singular
delegate

Plural
delegates

  1. (countable) A delegate is a person authorized to act as representative for one or more other people, especially at a conference or in government.
    He's attending the Democratic Convention as a delegate from the great state of Ohio.
    A majority of the delegates voted against joining with that group.

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Verb[change]

Plain form
delegate

Third-person singular
delegates

Past tense
delegated

Past participle
delegated

Present participle
delegating

  1. (transitive & intransitive) If you delegate a job or the power to do that job, it is yours, but you give it to someone in a lower position.
    As more decisions on more complicated matters have to be made, more power has to be delegated to lower-ranking personnel.

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