Definition of delegation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌdelɪˈɡeɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdelɪˈɡeɪʃn//
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  1. 1[countable + singular or plural verb] a group of people who represent the views of an organization, a country, etc. the Dutch delegation to the United Nations a delegation of teachers CollocationsInternational relationsTrade facilitate/​regulate trade (with other countries) form/​join a trading bloc live in/​compete in a global/​the world economy support/​promote free trade adopt/​call for/​oppose protectionist measures erect/​impose/​reduce/​remove trade barriers impose/​lift/​raise/​eliminate import tariffs (on something) have/​run a huge/​large/​growing trade surplus/​deficit embrace/​resist/​drive globalizationPolitics and law conduct/​handle/​talk about/​discuss foreign policy pursue an aggressive/​a hawkish foreign policy require/​use/​conduct diplomacy establish/​break off/​sever/​restore diplomatic relations foster/​promote/​strengthen regional cooperation facilitate/​achieve economic/​political integration exercise/​defend/​protect/​transfer/​restore/​regain national/​state/​full/​limited sovereignty consolidate/​extend/​lose/​retain your power (in the region) hold/​maintain/​change/​alter/​shift/​be a shift in the balance of power (in the region) cause/​create/​open/​expose/​heal/​repair a deep/​growing/​major/​serious rift between X and YMeetings and agreements have/​hold/​host/​attend an international conference/​an economic forum/​a G20 summit launch a new round of global/​multilateral/​world trade negotiations send/​head/​lead/​meet a high-level/​an official/​a trade delegation begin/​start/​continue/​resume peace talks be committed to/​be opposed to/​disrupt/​undermine/​derail/​sabotage the peace process negotiate/​achieve a lasting political settlement broker/​sign a peace deal/​agreement/​treatyConflict be/​constitute/​pose a threat to global security compromise/​endanger/​protect national security justify/​be in favour of/ (especially US English) be in favor of/​be against military intervention threaten/​authorize/​launch/​take/​support/​oppose unilateral/​pre-emptive military action impose/​enforce/​lift/​end economic sanctions/​an arms embargo/​a naval blockade close/​protect/​secure/​patrol the border lead/​be involved in a peacekeeping operationAid negotiate/​announce a $15 billion aid package/​an economic stimulus package send/​provide/​request/​cut off military aid bring/​provide emergency/​humanitarian relief deliver/​distribute medical supplies/(British English) food parcels fund/​run a foreign/​a local/​an international NGO reduce/​eradicate child/​global/​world poverty
  2. 2[uncountable] the process of giving somebody work or responsibilities that would usually be yours delegation of authority/decision-making
  3. Word Originearly 17th cent. (denoting the action or process of delegating; also in the sense ‘delegated power’): from Latin delegatio(n-), from delegare ‘send on a commission’, from de- ‘down’ + legare ‘depute’.Extra examples A well-known academic will head the delegation. All managers should learn effective delegation. Many of these tasks can be dealt with by delegation. The British delegation walked out of the discussions in protest. The Prime Minister met with an all-party delegation from the city council. The delegation included representatives from nine nations. The delegation will visit several Middle Eastern countries for talks The government invited an international delegation to inspect the plant. a delegation representing the new regime a high-powered delegation of Asian businessmen all the ministers in the delegation an official delegation from Austria delegation of responsibility We have arranged a meeting with a high-powered delegation of Asian business leaders. the delegation of decision-making
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