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



BrE BrE//ˌdepjuˈteɪʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdepjuˈteɪʃn//
[countable + singular or plural verb]
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a small group of people who are asked or allowed to act or speak for others Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘appointment to an office or function’): from late Latin deputatio(n-), from the verb deputare ‘consider to be, assign’, from de- ‘away’ + putare ‘consider’.Extra examples A deputation of 40 strikers was organized. The managing director agreed to receive a deputation from the factory. They sent a deputation to the ministry to complain. Both sides in the dispute sent deputations to the prime minister’s office. The mayor agreed to receive a deputation of local residents.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: deputation