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Definition of delegate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they delegate
    he / she / it delegates
    past simple delegated
    -ing form delegating
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to give part of your work, power, or authority to someone in a lower position than you Some managers find it difficult to delegate. delegate (something) (to somebody) The job had to be delegated to an assistant.
  2. 2[transitive] delegate somebody to do something [usually passive] to choose someone to do something I've been delegated to organize the Christmas party.
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