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as in:  delegate the job

As the company grew larger, she had to delegate more responsibility to others.
  assign tasks to other people (rather than doing them personally)
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delegates delegation delegate delegated delegating delegable delegator
Standard suffix pronunciation:  When a word ends in "ate" and can be used as a verb or a noun/adjective, the last syllable of the word is often pronounced differently depending upon how it is used. The verb is typically pronounced with a long "a" as in the word "ate", but the noun or adjective is typically pronounced with a soft "a" which sounds more like "ut" as in the word "hut".
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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
  • 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

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  • 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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