Meaning of “delegate” in the English Dictionary

"delegate" in British English

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delegatenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈdel.ɪ.ɡət/ us /ˈdel.ə.ɡət/

C1 a person chosen or elected by a group to speak, vote, etc. for them, especially at a meeting:

Delegates have voted in favour of the motion.
Each union elects several delegates to the annual conference.

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uk /ˈdel.ɪ.ɡeɪt/ us /ˈdel.ə.ɡeɪt/

(Definition of “delegate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"delegate" in American English

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delegatenoun [ C ]

us /ˈdel·ɪ·ɡət/

a person chosen or elected by a group to represent the group, esp. at a meeting:

Each state chooses delegates to the national convention.


us /ˈdel·ɪˌɡeɪt/

delegate verb (GIVE)

[ I/T ] to give a job or responsibility to someone in a lower position instead of doing it yourself:

[ T ] Personnel matters made him uncomfortable, and he increasingly delegated them to others.

delegate verb (CHOOSE)

[ T ] to choose someone to represent a group:

Four teachers were delegated to represent the school at the conference.

(Definition of “delegate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"delegate" in Business English

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delegatenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈdelɪɡət/ us MEETINGS

a person who is chosen or elected by a group to speak or vote for it, especially at a meeting:

More than 1,000 delegates attended the three-day conference.
a delegate to a meeting/conference


uk /ˈdelɪɡeɪt/ us

[ I or T ] MANAGEMENT to give a particular job, duty, etc. to someone else so that they do it for you:

He was always overburdened with too many trivial tasks because he found it impossible to delegate.
delegate authority/powers/responsibility The Board may delegate its authority to any duly appointed committee.
delegate sth to sb A manufacturer can delegate some or all of its overseas operations to an export house.

[ T ] MEETINGS to choose or elect someone to speak or vote for a group, especially at a meeting:

delegate sb to do sth The company director, who prepared their submission, cannot be here and has delegated her deputy to present it for her.

(Definition of “delegate” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)