Meaning of “delegation” in the English Dictionary

"delegation" in British English

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uk /ˌdel.ɪˈɡeɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌdel.əˈɡeɪ.ʃən/

delegation noun (CHOSEN PEOPLE)

C2 [ C, + sing/pl verb ] a group of delegates:

The delegation from Spain has/have arrived for a month.

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  • After exchanging pleasantries, the delegation revealed the purpose of their visit.
  • The talks ended abruptly when one of the delegations walked out in protest.
  • She was nominated as the delegation's official interpreter.
  • A delegation from the White House attended the funeral.
  • He was part of a delegation that went to the Department of Education to complain about proposed cuts.

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

"delegation" in American English

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delegationnoun [ C ]

us /ˌdel·ɪˈɡeɪ·ʃən/

a set of people chosen or elected to represent a larger group

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

"delegation" in Business English

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uk /ˌdelɪˈɡeɪʃən/ us

[ C ] a group of delegates:

The Trade and Industry Secretary is taking a delegation of business and union leaders to Shanghai tomorrow to meet Chinese ministers.
Indiana's trade delegation hopes to secure investments and jobs by visiting European companies whose offices are already in the state.

[ U ] the act of giving a particular job, duty, etc. to someone else:

the delegation of authority/power/responsibility The main principle involved is the delegation of responsibility for budgets to accountable units, each of which has defined objectives.

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