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"delegate" in British English

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delegatenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈdel.ɪ.ɡət/
C1 a ​personchosen or ​elected by a ​group to ​speak, ​vote, etc. for them, ​especially at a ​meeting: Delegates have ​voted in ​favour of the ​motion. Each ​unionelects several delegates to the ​annualconference.
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delegateverb

uk   us   /ˈdel.ɪ.ɡeɪt/

delegate verb (GIVE)

C2 [I or T] to give a ​particularjob, ​duty, ​right, etc. to someone ​else so that they do it for you: As a ​boss you have to delegate (​responsibilities toyourstaff). Authority to make ​financialdecisions has been delegated to a ​specialcommittee.

delegate verb (CHOOSE PERSON)

[T + obj + to infinitive ] to ​choose or ​elect someone to ​speak, ​vote, etc. for a ​group, ​especially at a ​meeting: A ​group of four ​teachers were delegated torepresenttheircolleagues at the ​unionconference.
(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 ​personchosen or ​elected by a ​group to ​represent the ​group, esp. at a ​meeting: Each ​statechooses delegates to the ​nationalconvention.

delegateverb

 us   /ˈdel·ɪˌɡeɪt/

delegate verb (GIVE)

[I/T] to give a ​job or ​responsibility to someone in a ​lowerpositioninstead 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   us   /ˈdelɪɡət/ 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

delegateverb

uk   us   /ˈdelɪɡeɪt/
[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 ​dulyappointedcommittee.delegate sth to sb A ​manufacturer can delegate some or all of its ​overseasoperations to an ​exporthouse.
[T] MEETINGS to choose or ​elect someone to speak or ​vote for a ​group, especially at a ​meeting: delegate sb to do sth The ​companydirector, 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)
Translations of “delegate”
in Spanish delegar…
in Vietnamese ủy thác…
in Malaysian wakil…
in Thai มอบให้ทำแทน…
in French déléguer…
in German übertragen…
in Chinese (Simplified) (尤指会议的)代表…
in Turkish heyet, delege, temsilci…
in Russian делегат, представитель…
in Indonesian mewakilkan…
in Chinese (Traditional) (尤指會議的)代表…
in Polish delegat/ka, wysłanni-k/czka…
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