del·e·gate (dĕlĭ-gāt′, -gĭt)
1. A person authorized to act as representative for another; a deputy or agent.
2. A representative to a conference or convention.
3. A member of a House of Delegates, the lower house of the Maryland, Virginia, or West Virginia legislature.
4. An elected or appointed representative of a US territory in the House of Representatives who is entitled to speak but not vote.
tr.v. (-gāt′) del·e·gat·ed, del·e·gat·ing, del·e·gates
1. To authorize and send (another person) as one's representative.
2. To commit or entrust to another: delegate a task to a subordinate.
[Middle English delegat, from Medieval Latin dēlēgātus, from past participle of dēlēgāre, to dispatch : Latin dē-, de- + Latin lēgāre, to send; see leg- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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