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▪ They are first-time national delegates, white and over 50 years old.
▪ In the recent survey of Republican delegates, 59 percent said abortions should be sharply limited or banned altogether.
▪ Nationally, Republican delegates listed fiscal issues as most important by a two-to-one margin.
▪ Without the custom of the conference delegate, salesman or business executive, many hotels would close.
▪ Only 24 hours earlier conference delegates voted to reduce the unions' voting strength.
▪ The National Executive at first refused this, but eventually left the decision to the Conference delegates.
▪ Sauna room. Conference delegates welcome.
▪ Whether a conference delegate or a visitor to our city - we try to make your stay an enjoyable and successful one.
▪ The truth was that by 1988 the television audience had entirely replaced the convention delegates as the focus of attention.
▪ After the Super Tuesday contests, Dole expects to have about 700 convention delegates.
▪ On Saturday night, the 476 convention delegates will question Republican presidential hopefuls.
▪ In keeping with this cosmetic calm, Powell was well-received by convention delegates who applauded him generously at his most inspirational moments.
▪ The departure came just hours before Clinton triumphantly addressed the convention delegates, who unanimously nominated him for re-election Wednesday night.
▪ Schweiker changed not a single convention delegate vote.
▪ Q.. Are the county convention delegates obligated to support the presidential candidates preferred in their caucuses?
▪ Nine of those will be chosen in a state-wide primary election on March 12, the traditional date for delegate selection.
▪ It would allow delegate selection from the first Monday in February until the third Tuesday in June.
▪ The departure came just hours before Clinton triumphantly addressed the convention delegates, who unanimously nominated him for re-election Wednesday night.
▪ The congress was attended by 1,176 delegates representing over 2,000,000 party members.
▪ The conferences was attended by more than 300 delegates from most of the agency's 113 member states.
▪ The event was well attended attracting delegates from as far afield as Thurso and Skye.
▪ Six other states also will hold primaries Tuesday: Texas will choose 123 delegates.
▪ Mississippi will choose 33 delegates, Oklahoma and Tennessee, 38 each.
▪ They were eventually replaced by a single elected delegate for each village.
▪ A person who is elected is not a delegate of those who voted for him.
▪ Wyoming Republican activists will hold caucuses Saturday to select 12 delegates.
▪ He sets up meetings but does not turn up, sends delegates instead, turns up only when not expected.
▪ Du Bois still presided, but the United States sent few other delegates.
▪ I was sent as a delegate to National Conference in Blackpool.
▪ Home office Minister, Michael Jack told the delegates of the tougher sentencing available to the courts from October.
▪ Psychologist Donald Norman told delegates about his recurring nightmare.
▪ Alan Keyes, the only other Republican presidential candidate to participate in Louisiana, won no delegates.
▪ His Louisiana supporters had assured him he would win 13 or more delegates.
▪ Connally spent $ 12 million to win just one delegate to the nominating convention.
▪ For his $ 12 million, however, Connally won only one delegate to the nominating convention.
Delegates from 50 colleges met to discuss the issue of financial aid.
▪ I sat next to the Canadian delegate.
▪ Some local branches have refused to send delegates to the national conference.
▪ The US delegate to the committee announced a grant of $75 million to help third world countries.
▪ Arizona has 39 delegates in a winner-take-all primary.
▪ He conceded that the size of the holding was still modest by the standards of most Oxford delegates.
▪ Mississippi will choose 33 delegates, Oklahoma and Tennessee, 38 each.
▪ On Aug. 9 over 90 percent of the delegates voted in favour of recognizing the right of Quebec to self-determination.
▪ On July 7 the congress heard replies by politburo members to questions from delegates.
▪ Southern delegates to the Continental Congress expressed unwillingness to use their militias outside their own borders.
▪ What was not predictable, however, was the extreme stand taken by delegates from the University Reform Front.
▪ It would be prudent for architects to confirm that the planning officers have the delegated authority to express an opinion.
▪ McGee says it was illegal for the department to delegate its authority to then-Mayor Robert Markel.
▪ The same is true with arrangements made to delegate authority which can be retrieved at the will of the sovereign government.
▪ Critics say the law upsets the balance of power by delegating legislative authority to the executive branch.
▪ It has delegated authority under the Consolidated Regulations to grant such exemptions.
▪ Moreover, he can delegate that review authority to his investigators.
▪ Superiors are reluctant to delegate authority because they retain absolute responsibility for the performance of their subordinates.
▪ It is noticeable that managements are more willing to give responsibility to the project leader than they are to delegate commensurate authority.
▪ Louisiana Republicans kick off the 1996 quest for national convention delegates Tuesday in party caucuses around the state, with Sen.
▪ Many of these protesters will be outside agitators, even convention delegates, from anti-abortion strongholds like Texas and Florida.
▪ Some convention delegates live near military bases that were closing or had closed.
▪ Twenty years later the number of primaries doubled to thirty-two, electing 71 percent of the convention delegates.
▪ They were concerned with only limits amenity services unless the county council delegated something more substantial.
▪ To delegate power and to grant independence are two very different things.
▪ It alone has the right to choose from among its members its own representative, to whom it delegates executive power.
▪ The Council would consider seeking modifications to its Charter to allow it to delegate added powers.
▪ In the late 1870s Noyes, now in decline, began to delegate some of his powers to a committee.
▪ As do their land and sea counterparts, air carriers delegate the power to issue waybills to various types of agents.
▪ The King formally delegates parliament's powers to the Bhattarai Cabinet.
▪ Although his ministers were never permitted to decide matters on their own account, Victor Amadeus delegated wide administrative powers to them.
▪ Dennis's mornings were fully taken up meeting clients, delegating responsibilities, processing figures and accessing data.
▪ And even then, to delegate the responsibility of that care.
▪ The audit is usually performed by a third party, primarily serving the interests of the party who delegated the responsibility.
▪ Plus Collinses are executives, they know how to delegate responsibility.
▪ Like all successful businessmen, John was willing to delegate responsibility to a trusted circle of people while he developed new contacts.
▪ Know every detail of your business-but delegate more responsibility to others.
▪ We then invent criteria to back up the choice, delegating our responsibility to professional specialists.
▪ Twice he delegated that responsibility to assistant general manager Mike Port.
▪ There are first of all mandatory exceptions, to be retained centrally by all LEAs and not delegated to schools.
▪ Secondly, always seek to delegate tasks which will stretch your subordinates.
▪ Groups will also need to organise themselves and delegate different tasks in order to produce their newspaper by a strict deadline.
▪ Learn to delegate tasks and responsibility. 3.
▪ A good forward planner, he delegates detailed and routine tasks.
▪ It would need to delegate attention to this task to one or more of its members and to support them in it.
▪ Men too may need to learn to delegate duties both at work and at home.
▪ I find it tough to delegate my work to juniors, to the associates.
▪ Though he delegated much of the work he always made the final selection choices.
▪ Was his five-hour farewell speech to the 3,000 delegates all his own work?
▪ We don't have to delegate the work - they just take it on by themselves.
▪ Are you able to delegate work?
▪ If you're so busy, why don't you delegate some of your work?
▪ New managers often find it difficult to delegate.
▪ Corinne delegated the details of the nursery to Aggie as she pursued her varied interests in town.
▪ First, always delegate to the lowest level possible in the organization.
▪ He behaved as a benevolent autocrat, but was reluctant to delegate, suspicious, and secretive.
▪ Know every detail of your business-but delegate more responsibility to others.
▪ McGee says it was illegal for the department to delegate its authority to then-Mayor Robert Markel.
▪ Plus Collinses are executives, they know how to delegate responsibility.
▪ We then invent criteria to back up the choice, delegating our responsibility to professional specialists.
▪ Whatever the varying demands on her time, Laura was determined not to delegate print research.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Delegate \Del"e*gate\, a. [L. delegatus, p. p.] Sent to act for or represent another; deputed; as, a delegate judge. ``Delegate power.''


Delegate \Del"e*gate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Delegated; p. pr. & vb. n. Delegating.]

  1. To send as one's representative; to empower as an ambassador; to send with power to transact business; to commission; to depute; to authorize.

  2. To intrust to the care or management of another; to transfer; to assign; to commit.

    The delegated administration of the law.

    Delegated executive power.

    The power exercised by the legislature is the people's power, delegated by the people to the legislative.
    --J. B. Finch.


Delegate \Del"e*gate\, n. [L. delegatus, p. p. of delegare to send, delegate; de- + legare to send with a commission, to depute. See Legate.]

  1. Any one sent and empowered to act for another; one deputed to represent; a chosen deputy; a representative; a commissioner; a vicar.

    1. One elected by the people of a territory to represent them in Congress, where he has the right of debating, but not of voting.

    2. One sent by any constituency to act as its representative in a convention; as, a delegate to a convention for nominating officers, or for forming or altering a constitution. [U.S.]

      Court of delegates, formerly, the great court of appeal from the archbishops' courts and also from the court of admiralty. It is now abolished, and the privy council is the immediate court of appeal in such cases. [Eng.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 15c., from Old French delegat or directly from Latin delegatus, past participle of delegare "to send as a representative," from de- "from, away" (see de-) + legare "send with a commission" (see legate).


1520s (early 15c. as a past participle adjective), from delegate (n.). Related: Delegated; delegating.


n. 1 a person authorized to act as representative for another; a deputy 2 a representative at a conference, etc. 3 (context US English) an appointed representative in some legislative bodies 4 (context computing English) a type of variable storing a reference to a method with a particular signature, analogous to a function pointer vb. 1 to authorize someone to be a delegate 2 to commit a task to someone, especially a subordinate 3 (context computing Internet English) (qualifier: of a subdomain) to give away authority over a subdomain; to allow someone else to create sub-subdomains of a subdomain of yours

  1. n. a person appointed or elected to represent others

  2. v. transfer power to someone [syn: depute]

  3. give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person) [syn: designate, depute, assign]


A delegate is someone who attends or communicates the ideas of or acts on behalf of an organization at a meeting or conference between organizations, which may be at the same level or involved in a common field of work or interest.

Delegate (CLI)

A delegate is a form of type-safe function pointer used by the Common Language Infrastructure (CLI). Delegates specify a method to call and optionally an object to call the method on. Delegates are used, among other things, to implement callbacks and event listeners. A delegate object encapsulates a reference to a method. The delegate object can then be passed to code which can call the referenced method, without having to know at compile time which method will be invoked.

A multicast delegate is a delegate that points to several methods. Multicast delegation is a mechanism that provides functionality to execute more than one method. There is a list of delegates maintained internally, and when the multicast delegate is invoked, the list of delegates is executed.

In C#, delegates are often used to implement callbacks in event driven programming. For example, a delegate may be used to indicate which method should be called when the user clicks on some button. Delegates allow the programmer to notify several methods that an event has occurred.

Delegate (disambiguation)

Delegate or delegates may refer to:

  • a delegate, a member of a group representing an organization (such as a union) at a meeting (such as a national conference of unions)
    • Delegate (United States Congress)
    • an apostolic delegate, an ambassador and diplomatic representative of the Holy See
    • Pontifical Delegate (disambiguation), title for various leaders in the Catholic church
  • Delegate, New South Wales, a town in Australia
  • The Delegates, a 1970s novelty song group
  • Delegate (CLI), a computer programming technique.

Usage examples of "delegate".

There were several women delegates and Ken made the most of their ablutions until he was distracted by the appearance of Karanja in a neat grey suit, an ingratiating grin on his face and his big ears standing out like sails.

Constitution, which, it is submitted, was merely the power to amend the delegated grants, and these were obtained by the separate and independent action of each State acceding to the Union.

Dagarron exchanged affable hand clasps with Lord Ioruan, another delegate.

Major Migel affectionately dubbed the Forest Hills trio, that they had entertained almost every delegate to the World Conference, keeping open house and lunching or dining as many of the foreign visitors as possible.

Developed by the British to stop the rush of fanatical tribesmen, the bullets were vigorously defended by Sir John Ardagh against the heated attack of all except the American military delegate, Captain Crozier, whose country was about to make use of them in the Philippines.

I will specially supplicate this bounty for the representative delegates to be assembled at Convention this year.

Shoghi Effendi hopes that the National Assembly will do its best to win the admiration of all the assembled delegates for the teachings of the Cause along that line.

It is my firm conviction that it is the bounden duty, in the interest of the Cause we all love and serve, of the members of the incoming National Assembly, once elected by the delegates at Convention time, to seek and have the utmost regard, individually as well as collectively, for the advice, the considered opinion and the true sentiments of the assembled delegates.

Convention, I feel that the dominating purpose inspiring the assembled friends, delegates and visitors alike, should be a two-fold one.

How great the privilege, how delicate the task of the assembled delegates whose function it is to elect such national representatives as would by their record of service ennoble and enrich the annals of the Cause!

It would avoid the inconvenience of securing advance nominations from absent delegates, and the impracticality of associating them with the assembled electors in the subsequent ballots that are often required to meet the exigencies of majority vote.

An outlandish delegate sustained against both these views, with such heat as almost carried conviction, the theory of copulation between women and the males of brutes, his authority being his own avouchment in support of fables such as that of the Minotaur which the genius of the elegant Latin poet has handed down to us in the pages of his Metamorphoses.

How this simple axiom sweeps away, for instance, the cobweb speculations as to whether voting is a natural right, or a privilege delegated by society!

Michaelmas, or, at the very least, a bailie, to the end that ye might be chosen delegate, it being an unusual thing for anybody under the degree of a bailie to be chosen thereto?

This was a cordial to his spirit, and, without more ado, we both of us set to work to get the bailie made the delegate.