- 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[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. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin delegatus
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//