Delegate Definition

dĕlĭ-gāt, -gĭt
delegated, delegates, delegating
A person authorized or sent to speak and act for others; representative, as at a convention.
Webster's New World
A representative to a conference or convention.
American Heritage
A member of a House of Delegates.
Webster's New World
A representative of a U.S. Territory in the House of Representatives, with the right to speak but not to vote.
Webster's New World

(computing) A type of variable storing a reference to a method with a particular signature, analogous to a function pointer.

delegated, delegating
To send or appoint as a representative or deputy.
Webster's New World
To entrust (authority, power, etc.) to a person acting as one's agent or representative.
Webster's New World
To commit or entrust to another.
Delegate a task to a subordinate.
American Heritage
One who acts on behalf of one or more others in an official capacity.
Webster's New World Law
The act of granting another the power to act on one’s behalf.
Webster's New World Law

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Origin of Delegate

  • Middle English delegat from Medieval Latin dēlēgātus from past participle of dēlēgāre to dispatch Latin dē- de- Latin lēgāre to send leg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French delegat, from Latin delegatus.

    From Wiktionary

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