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Definition of "delegate" []

  • A person authorized to act as representative for another; a deputy or an agent. (noun)
  • A representative to a conference or convention. (noun)
  • A member of a House of Delegates, the lower house of the Maryland, Virginia, or West Virginia legislature. (noun)
  • An elected or appointed representative of a U.S. territory in the House of Representatives who is entitled to speak but not vote. (noun)
  • To authorize and send (another person) as one's representative. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "delegate" in a sentence
  • "On Wednesday the Clinton camp started pushing hard on the idea that a delegate is a delegate and if they need to pack on super delegates to overwhelm Obama's edge with elected delegates then so be it."
  • "Under the Delegate Selection Rules, a delegate is asked to "in good conscience reflect the sentiments of those who elected them.""
  • "If we take a look at the -- what we call the delegate equivalence in Washington state on the Republican side, you can see how close it is."