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as in: is a delegate Define
a person appointed or elected to represent others
  • She is a delegate representing our state at the national convention.
  • two men approached Cesar and introduced themselves as members of a special Mexican delegation.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
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as in: delegate the job Define
assign tasks to other people (rather than doing them personally)
  • 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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  • Red carpeting divided the room into the seats for the press and guests, and the four seats delegated for us.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • She turned on her netlink as soon as she reached the elevator, delegating the coronation proceedings to a corner of her vision.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • So finally they delegated me to tell him that he needed to take a bath more often.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • They say that historical personages have power only because they fulfill the will of the people which has been delegated to them.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • In the second, I’ve delegated the task to her.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • It will readily be seen that in this case the alleged right of the Duke to the whale was a delegated one from the Sovereign.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • He would have carried his delegated authority to the point of insisting that Edgar Linton should not be buried beside his wife, but in the chapel, with his family.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • The responsible duty of making the toast was delegated to the Aged, and that excellent old gentleman was so intent upon it that he seemed to me in some danger of melting his eyes.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations

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  • He delegated to Kreacher the task of telling me what had happened.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • But consider—you need not be afraid of delegating power to me.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • He saw before him an officer delegated to enforce the law, and perfectly well knew that it would be as unavailing to seek pity from a magistrate decked with his official scarf, as to address a petition to some cold marble effigy.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Already, however, the legal tongues are wagging, and one young law student is loudly asserting that the rights of the owner are already completely sacrificed, his property being held in contravention of the statues of mortmain, since the tiller, as emblemship, if not proof, of delegated possession, is held in a dead hand.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • As to what it had all been about, Lieutenant Dubosc was still in the dark, but to him had been delegated the duty of seeing off M. Poirot by the Taurus Express, and he was carrying it out with all the zeal and ardour befitting a young officer with a promising career ahead of him.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • Sancho stayed behind with the stew. and invested with plenary delegated authority seated himself at the head of the table, and the landlord sat down with him, for he was no less fond of cow-heel and calves’ feet than Sancho was.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • "Monsieur de Treville," said the cardinal, with the greatest phlegm, "does not tell your Majesty that this innocent Musketeer, this gallant man, had only an hour before attacked, sword in hand, four commissaries of inquiry, who were delegated by myself to examine into an affair of the highest importance."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • You can permit it an you are minded so to do, for you have the delegated authority, but that the king should do it were a most strange madness and not comprehensible to any.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • Jackson, the delegated voice, swallowed hard.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • The very night of their return, while they were having hot chocolate and crullers at the large kitchen table, her father delegated to her the authority to run the house, and he did so with as much formality as if it were a sacred rite.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Agreeing that one must support delegated authority, Nicole refused their request, whereupon Mary—who in the manner of an Anita Loos’ heroine had dealings only with Faits Accomplis, who indeed could not have house-broken a French poodle puppy—regarded Dick as though he were guilty of a most flagrant bullying.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • It had been a Catholic church, and the priest who had been delegated to respond to the criticism had sounded quite irritated about the whole thing.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • …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.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Jason Bourne never delegated anything, but he was still David Webb and there were several people on campus he could trust — certainly not with the truth but with a useful lie.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • This Sharmak was an excellent delegator.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • "I’ll write a program called a delegator," Trish explained.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • My father was a realist who made his living socializing and delegating.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • Party work took more time even though all possible was delegated.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • The funds were to be used liberally in pursuit of the assignments delegated to me.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • In this distribution of functions the scholar is the delegated intellect.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • I understood now that Stone had been delegated to break the news.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • He’d delegated the foodstuffs to one of his assistants.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • This too touched on the core of the responsibility delegated to the Constitutional Protection Unit.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • The new rulers exercised their functions with discretion, and wielded their delegated authority without offence.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • Her eyes were swollen from lack of sleep, her skin nearly as pale as the corpses she’d delegated to the ME.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • He delegated Doug Sanders and Mick Mahmud as firetenders, passed the word that no one else was to put fuel on the fires.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • At the station, relics like this would be delegated to some low-level drone, or more likely, kicked to a charity rehab center.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • India had delegated an intelligence officer to look for pirated goods because it knew that the United States cares about intellectual property.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • True, a lot of the less lovable minutes had been delegated to Elsa, their Jamaican nanny, who remained to this day the linchpin of their domestic life.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • As the right to plan was duly delegated to Mr. Jones, no direct objection was made in words. but numberless unexpected difficulties arose in the execution.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • Though this principle does not run through all the powers delegated to the Union, yet it pervades and governs those on which the efficacy of the rest depends.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Should any body of men be hereafter delegated for this or some similar purpose, I offer them the following extracts from that wise observer on governments DRAGONETTI.
    Thomas Paine  --  Common Sense
  • *j Lastly, these municipal magistrates provide, of their own accord and without any delegated powers, for those unforeseen emergencies which frequently occur in society.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • Article X The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • Amendment X The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
    United States ’Founding Fathers’  --  The Constitution of the United States
  • Thus delegated on her mission, as it were by Church and State, Mrs General, who had always occupied high ground, felt in a condition to keep it, and began by putting herself up at a very high figure.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Spirits high, he plunged into the farmer’s life, tramping his fields and pastures, inspecting walls, appraising livestock, hiring help, discussing weather and crops, and delegating projects.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • IBP disputes this version of events, contending that Ferrell had never fit into IBP’s corporate culture, that he delegated too much authority, and that he had not, in fact, made the decision to shut down the Palestine plant.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • If we assume that this could happen, there should be no more delegated authority.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • They serve to organize faction, to give it an artificial and extraordinary force; to put, in the place of the delegated will of the nation the will of a party, often a small but artful and enterprising minority of the community; and, according to the alternate triumphs of different parties, to make the public administration the mirror of the ill-concerted and incongruous projects of faction, rather than the organ of consistent and wholesome plans digested by common counsels and…
    George Washington  --  Washington’s Farewell Address
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  • I propose that each of the Powers and States should be invited to delegate a certain number of air squadrons to the service of the world organization.
    Winston Churchill  --  Churchill’s Sinews of Peace Speech
  • They’re tourists, from Japan it looks like, a trade delegation perhaps, on a tour of the historic landmarks or out for local color.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale

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  • Once, a player had had the audacity to delegate the form-filling to a coach and it had left a bad taste in Lemming’s mouth.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • Indeed, his father saw to it that his eldest was a delegate at the 1940 Democratic National Convention.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • 15 A republic and a democracy differ in two ways: First, in a republic, the citizens elect a small number of governmental delegates.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • Each delegate was committed to public liberty and prosperity.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • I could check things off lists, delegate.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • The only outburst came from a Chinese delegate who referred scornfully to America’s allies as "running dogs."
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • I turned around and saw most of the town people and the entire bus delegation looking at me.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird

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  • Are you aweer, Mrs. Mann, that you are, as I may say, a porochial delegate, and a stipendiary?’
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • He came with a delegation and advised them bluntly to make each man sign a loyalty oath before allowing him to fly on a combat mission.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Gurney, I want you to head a delegation, an embassy if you will, to contact these romantic businessmen.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Unless I am very much mistaken, the delegation from Beauxbatons approaches!
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • The best men are often obliged to delegate their authority.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Instead, I called a woman who’s a member of our delegation; she loathes Bertinelli and was in her room.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • Which means the two other delegates didn’t give your name to the police.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • He could delegate certain things.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • "Oh, let me see—" he said one night to a flabbergasted delegation, "what club do you represent?"
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • Even though they aren’t doing security, they couldn’t help sending along a token delegation to show the colors.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Saving the world didn’t feel like something I could delegate.
    James Patterson  --  Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
  • The convention was deadlocked between the two leading candidates, so, Daugherty predicted, the delegates would be forced to look for an alternative.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • Look here, Stevens, the first of the delegates will be arriving here in less than a fortnight.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • She had two full-time employees, but she’d learned that things worked best if she didn’t delegate.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  True Believer
  • The elves took up the seats to the right of center; they represented the largest number of delegates from any race.
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • Not a single delegate carried less than two short swords, as well as bows and braces of arrows.
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • The political parties meet in numerous conventions; the greater the concourse, and with each new uproar of announcement, The delegation from Essex!
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • Each philosopher, each bard, each actor has only done for me, as by a delegate, what one day I can do for myself.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • "A delegation from the Misses Snedeker’s Select School sneaks off to the movies to brush up on heroes from time to time."
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Ah been a delegate to de big ’ssociation of life.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • Delegate to deal the doom of damnation, To condemn kings, not serve among their servants, Is my open office.
    T.S. Eliot  --  Murder in the Cathedral
  • To keep me out of trouble and also because he was accustomed to have a delegate, messenger, or trusted hand, he hired me again for less money.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • In my office today, for example, was a delegation representing New England textile mills, an industry essential to our prosperity.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • Even praise and reprimand he would not delegate.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • Making the journey in ’774, Adams had traveled in style, with the full Massachusetts delegation, everyone in a state of high expectation.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Unlike the delegates at Philadelphia, she and the children were confronted with the reality of war every waking hour.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • The means by which it was proposed to obviate this second obstacle was to delegate the electoral powers of the nation to a body of representatives.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • I propose that each of the Powers and States should be invited to delegate a certain number of air squadrons to the service of the world organization.
    Winston Churchill  --  Churchill’s Iron Curtain Speech
  • He was the distilled essence of the dynamic manager, a guy who knew how to delegate, had the passion to inspire, and looked good in what he wore to work.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • The Soviet delegate had quite correctly pointed out, at considerable length and upon innumerable occasions, that this was not in accordance with the Charter.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • They want you to run a tight ship, get your paperwork done, delegate authority to the men below you, put in so much time and no more on any one certain case.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • In February 2003, the school construction was completed, and Grijalva led a delegation of nineteen students from Overlake School to Cambodia for the opening.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • I don’t delegate well.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • 16 Representation refines public views by passing them through the delegates.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • The people delegate power to the government.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • Will your lunch date accept the British delegation story?
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • All throughout the seats, the delegates were rising to their feet, shouting.
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • The delegation was never sent.
    Katherine Paterson  --  Jacob Have I Loved
  • And in 2007, the group decided to assist a school in Ghana as well, and to send a delegation there.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
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