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delegate
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Oliver Twist
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as in: delegate the job Define
assign tasks to other people (rather than doing them personally)
  • …from such a quarter, might well thrill the bosom of maid or matron of whatsoever degree; the historian whose pen traces these words—trusting that he knows his place, and that he entertains a becoming reverence for those upon earth to whom high and important authority is delegated—hastens to pay them that respect which their position demands, and to treat them with all that duteous ceremony which their exalted rank, and (by consequence) great virtues, imperatively claim at his hands.

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  • As the company grew larger, she had to delegate more responsibility to others.
  • But I had not yet learned to delegate authority.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers

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  • Are you aweer, Mrs. Mann, that you are, as I may say, a porochial delegate, and a stipendiary?’

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as in: is a delegate Define
a person appointed or elected to represent others
as in: delegate the job Define
assign tasks to other people (rather than doing them personally)
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