- The definition of a delegate is a representative authorized to speak or act for others.
An example of a delegate is a politician who speaks on behalf of a group of people.
- To delegate is defined as to assign a task to someone else or to give authority to someone else.
An example of delegate is when you tell someone to get your mail for you.
delegate definition by Webster's New World
- a person authorized or sent to speak and act for others; representative, as at a convention
- ☆ Historical a representative of a U.S. Territory in the House of Representatives, with the right to speak but not to vote
- ☆ a member of a House of Delegates
Origin: Middle English delegat ; from Midieval Latin delegatus ; from past participle of Classical Latin delegare, to send from one place to another, appoint, assign ; from de-, from plush legare, to send: see legate
delegate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A person authorized to act as representative for another; a deputy or an agent.
- A representative to a conference or convention.
- A member of a House of Delegates, the lower house of the Maryland, Virginia, or West Virginia legislature.
- An elected or appointed representative of a U.S. territory in the House of Representatives who is entitled to speak but not vote.
- To authorize and send (another person) as one's representative.
- To commit or entrust to another: delegate a task to a subordinate.
- Law To appoint (one's debtor) as a debtor to one's creditor in place of oneself.
Origin: Middle English delegat, from Medieval Latin dēlēgātus, from past participle of dēlēgāre, to dispatch : Latin dē-, de- + Latin lēgāre, to send; see leg- in Indo-European roots.
- delˈe·gaˌtor noun
delegate - Business Definition
- To authorize someone as a representative.
- To assign a task.
delegate - Legal Definition
- One who acts on behalf of one or more others in an official capacity.
- The act of granting another the power to act on one’s behalf.