Definition of delegate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    delegate

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    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈdelɪɡeɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdelɪɡeɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they delegate
    BrE BrE//ˈdelɪɡeɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdelɪɡeɪt//
     
    he / she / it delegates
    BrE BrE//ˈdelɪɡeɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdelɪɡeɪts//
     
    past simple delegated
    BrE BrE//ˈdelɪɡeɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdelɪɡeɪtɪd//
     
    past participle delegated
    BrE BrE//ˈdelɪɡeɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdelɪɡeɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form delegating
    BrE BrE//ˈdelɪɡeɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdelɪɡeɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to give part of your work, power or authority to somebody 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 somebody to do something I've been delegated to organize the Christmas party. More Like This Pronunciation changes by part of speech abuse, alternate, advocate, approximate, contract, converse, convict, decrease, delegate, discount, duplicate, estimate, export, extract, graduate, import, intimate, moderate, object, permit, present, protest, record, refund, refuse, subject, suspect, survey, torment, upgradeSee worksheet.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin delegatus ‘sent on a commission’, from the verb delegare, from de- ‘down’ + legare ‘depute’.Extra examples I delegate to my assistant whenever possible. Some government power has been delegated to local authorities. Some managers are reluctant to delegate work to their subordinates. You must learn to delegate responsibility.
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