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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ California already has the largest congressional delegation with 52 members in the House of Representatives.
▪ Don Edwards, D-San Jose, the dean of the California congressional delegation.
▪ The program, supported by the Florida congressional delegation, would create 1, 000 jobs at the engine plant.
▪ The two major components of these new managerial powers and responsibilities are financial delegation and staffing delegation.
▪ Thus, schools not only have to deal with financial delegation but they have to be very aware of market forces.
▪ However, financial delegation was seen as running efficiently with or without the involvement of the staff.
▪ Arrangements for insurance will be included in the financial delegation scheme, but governors should check that cover is adequate.
▪ For the first time in the party's history the congress took place without the participation of foreign fraternal party delegations.
▪ But the foreign business delegations and conferences are multiplying.
▪ In the case of some of the larger departments, delegation of sections of the self-appraisal was inevitable.
▪ California already has the largest congressional delegation with 52 members in the House of Representatives.
▪ Whitehall's biggest potential ally is the United States, which is sending a large delegation to fight the ban.
▪ Hulbert arrived several months ahead of the official delegation to do advance work.
▪ Two weeks ago, I revisited Zagreb having previously led a parliamentary delegation there a year ago.
▪ A Soviet delegation arrives this month to discuss the experiments and the choice of astronaut.
▪ Your government's invited a Soviet delegation to talk about Berlin next week.
▪ Among the Soviet delegation were some figures of substance.
▪ Many of the delegation members had begun to weep.
▪ He can see through the window that the delegation members have gathered at two round tables.
▪ The delegation members stand in the back of the room until Angelita invites them to sit among the twenty or so students.
▪ As their days there passed, the delegation members did more and more things separately.
▪ Democratic party rules require that state delegations to the convention be split evenly between men and women.
▪ Boylan added that ethnic quotas are not imposed on state delegations to the convention.
▪ A dinner and the theatre afterwards, arranged by his own ambassador to entertain the trade delegation he was leading.
▪ Baker insisted that the delegation include at least one deportee and one person with East Jerusalem links.
▪ He stated that Bush had not been present during the Paris negotiations, but claimed that the Reagan delegation had included Casey.
▪ Your government's invited a Soviet delegation to talk about Berlin next week.
▪ This leads nicely to: delegation.
▪ Party insiders had speculated about competition between Symington and Woods to lead the delegation.
▪ Two weeks ago, I revisited Zagreb having previously led a parliamentary delegation there a year ago.
▪ He leads Khmer Rouge delegations at international conferences, and has been promoted as the moderate face of the Khmer Rouge.
▪ He was leading a delegation of remarkable size: no less than seven members of the Cabinet made the six-week trip.
▪ Mr Freeman said he would come to the town after meeting an all-party delegation from the council in London.
▪ It was suggested at one meeting with the delegation that such an investigation could prove embarrassing for current government officials.
▪ Mr. McLoughlin I give the undertaking that I will meet any delegation that my hon. Friend wishes to bring to me.
▪ Returning home on December 21, 1926, he was met by an imposing delegation.
▪ The strike ended after 10 hours when Walesa agreed to meet their delegation.
▪ Officials had indicated that he would not meet the delegation until after a final accord had been signed.
▪ Earlier in the week Darlington council's controlling Labour group refused to meet the all-white delegation.
▪ Instead they received a delegation of government officials, scientists, economists and businessmen.
▪ Whitehall's biggest potential ally is the United States, which is sending a large delegation to fight the ban.
▪ Speaking through various medicine-men, the deity suggested sending a Navajo delegation eastward to Taos.
▪ Western delegations had visited the Soviet Union during September to research the economic situation.
▪ Last year a woman from Boston who was with a delegation of teachers visited one of the madres at her home.
▪ A Caldaire delegation visited London earlier this week for talks with Department of Transport officials.
▪ We visited the same classroom your delegation visited.
▪ Mr Freeman was invited to the town by an all-party delegation of councillors who visited him in London in December.
▪ A delegation from Nigeria has arrived to have talks with the British foreign minister.
▪ Headteachers have sent a delegation to London to ask the government to put more money into education.
▪ Kemp met with the California delegation on Monday afternoon.
▪ the delegation of authority
▪ The Dutch Prime Minister led a 12 member economic delegation to Indonesia to discuss future investments in the country.
▪ The health ministers agreed to meet a delegation of heart patients.
▪ Already a delegation of illegal immigrants has been let into the courtyard at Strasbourg.
▪ Among them was a delegation from Oxfordshire.
▪ But the foreign business delegations and conferences are multiplying.
▪ It met in late 1918, chose a delegation to Paris, and disbanded.
▪ Some birds gather and peck the concrete in the space the delegation has just been standing in.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Delegation \Del`e*ga"tion\, n. [L. delegatio: cf. F. d['e]l['e]gation.]

  1. The act of delegating, or investing with authority to act for another; the appointment of a delegate or delegates.

  2. One or more persons appointed or chosen, and commissioned to represent others, as in a convention, in Congress, etc.; the collective body of delegates; as, the delegation from Massachusetts; a deputation.

  3. (Rom. Law) A kind of novation by which a debtor, to be liberated from his creditor, gives him a third person, who becomes obliged in his stead to the creditor, or to the person appointed by him.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1610s, "action of delegating" (earlier in this sense was delegacie, mid-15c.); perhaps a native formation, perhaps from French délégation, or directly from Latin delegationem (nominative delegatio) "assignment, delegation," noun of action from past participle stem of delegare (see delegate). Meaning "persons sent by commission" is from 1818; meaning "a state's elected representatives, taken collectively," is U.S. political usage from 1820s.


n. 1 An act of delegate. 2 A group of delegate#noun used to discuss issues with an opponent. 3 (context computing English): A method dispatching technique describing the lookup and inheritance rules for self-referential calls. 4 (context legal English): A contract whereby the original debtor substitutes a new debtor in his stead, with the creditor’s permission.

  1. n. a group of representatives or delegates [syn: deputation, commission, delegacy, mission]

  2. authorizing subordinates to make certain decisions [syn: delegating, relegating, relegation, deputation]


Delegation is the assignment of any responsibility or authority to another person (normally from a manager to a subordinate) to carry out specific activities, such as starting on proper tires during a wet race. It is one of the core concepts of management leadership. However, the person who delegated the work remains accountable for the outcome of the delegated work. Delegation empowers a subordinate to make decisions, i.e. it is a shift of decision-making authority from one organizational level to a lower one. Delegation, if properly done, is not abdication. The opposite of effective delegation is micromanagement, where a manager provides too much input, direction, and review of delegated work. In general, delegation is good and can save money and time, help in building skills, and motivate people. On the other hand, poor delegation might cause frustration and confusion to all the involved parties. Some agents however do not favour a delegation and consider the power of making a decision rather burdensome.

Delegation in IT network is also an evolving field.

Process Of Delegation

*Assignment of task

*Creation of responsibility

*creation of accountibility

Delegation (object-oriented programming)

In object-oriented programming, delegation refers to evaluating a member (property or method) of one object (the receiver) in the context of another, original object (the sender). Delegation can be done explicitly, by passing the sending object to the receiving object, which can be done in any object-oriented language; or implicitly, by the member lookup rules of the language, which requires language support for the feature. Implicit delegation is the fundamental method for behavior reuse in prototype-based programming, corresponding to inheritance in class-based programming. The best-known languages that support delegation at the language level are Self, which incorporates the notion of delegation through its notion of mutable parent slots that are used upon method lookup on self calls, and JavaScript; see JavaScript delegation.

The term delegation is also used loosely for various other relationships between objects; see delegation (programming) for more. Frequently confused concepts are simply using another object, more precisely referred to as consultation or aggregation; and evaluating a member on one object by evaluating the corresponding member on another object, notably in the context of the receiving object, which is more precisely referred to as forwarding (when a wrapper object doesn't pass itself to the wrapped object). The delegation pattern is a software design pattern for implementing delegation, though this term is also used loosely for consultation or forwarding.

Delegation (law)

In contract law and administrative law, delegation (Latin intercessio) is the act of giving another person the responsibility of carrying out the performance agreed to in a contract. Three parties are concerned with this act - the party who had incurred the obligation to perform under the contract is called the delegator; the party who assumes the responsibility of performing this duty is called the delegatee; and the party to whom this performance is owed is called the Debtor.

Delegation (band)

Delegation was a British soul musical group with a lengthy career, and an amount of international success. They are generally viewed in the U.S. as a one-hit wonder, based on the crossover hit, "Oh Honey" (1978). Their biggest UK success came in 1977, with the Top 30 hit single, "Where Is The Love (We Used to Know)".

Delegation (computer security)

Delegation is the process of a computer user handing over their authentication credentials to another user. In role-based access control models, delegation of authority involves delegating roles that a user can assume or the set of permissions that he can acquire, to other users.

Delegation (disambiguation)

Delegation is the entrustment by a party of work or responsibility and authority to another and the creation of accountability for performance. A ' delegation' can also be a group of individuals, often called delegates, who represent the interests of a larger organization or body, often from a geographical area.

The word also refers to:

  • Delegation (TV), an Irish television quiz show.
  • Delegation (law), a term in contract law that describes the effects of giving another person the responsibility of carrying out the performance agreed to in a contract.
  • Delegation (band), a British funk musical group
  • Delegation Theory
  • a second-level administrative subdivision of a county as in Delegations of Tunisia
  • Delegation (computing), in computing and computer programming, the passing of something from one entity to another
Delegation (computing)

Delegation, in computing or computer programming, refers generally to one entity passing something to another entity, and narrowly to various specific forms of relationships, These include:

  • Delegation (object-oriented programming), evaluating a member of one object (the receiver) in the context of another, original object (the sender).
    • Delegation pattern, a design pattern implementing this feature.
    • Forwarding (object-oriented programming), an often-confused technique where a sending object uses the corresponding member of another object, without the receiving object having any knowledge of the original, sending object.
    • Object aggregation or consultation, general term for one object using another.
  • Delegation (computer security), one user or process allowing another user or process to use their credentials or permissions.
  • Delegate (CLI), a form of type-safe function pointer used by the Common Language Infrastructure (CLI), specifying both a method to call and optionally an object to call the method on.

Usage examples of "delegation".

Virginia legislature acted promptly upon this recommendation and appointed a delegation to go to Philadelphia.

He stood silently behind the podium as he watched the shaken delegations file out of the auditorium until only he, Joaquin, and Ament remained.

These boons were offset, however, by a new delegation summoning Becket and the king again to arbitrament of their grievances, and setting Ascension Day as the term of papal leniency.

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Aviendha stood among a delegation of Wise Ones, Amys and Bair and Melaine, Sorilea of course, Chaelin, a Smoke Water Miagoma with touches of gray in her dark red hair, and Edarra, a Neder Shiande who looked not much older than himself, though she already had an apparently unshakable calm in her blue eyes and a straight-backed presence to match the others.

Languedoc sent a delegation of nobles and bourgeois with a gift of 10,000 florins and the assurance that their lives, goods, and fortunes were dedicated to his delivery.

For example, she knew that yesterday a congressional delegation, or codel, headed by Bob Dole, had met with Saddam Hussein in Baghdad.

Opposed to this is the view that the right of Congress to delegate power to the President is limited in this as in other cases but that where the validity of the delegation depends upon whether or not too great a latitude of discretion has been conferred upon the Executive, the existence of a state of war is a factor to be considered in determining whether the delegation in the particular case is necessary and hence permissible.

My counterparts on the South Vietnamese delegation, the Four Party Joint Military Team, evacuated their families, but they stayed to the very end and ended up in re-education camps, by and large, after the takeover.

Only yesterday a delegation had arrived from Fimbria, of all places, with an escort of forty sable-clad pikemen.

But Richard arrived with his delegation from Gaillard in a barge and did not land.

Louis and Milwaukee delegations, and by Secretary Hough of Philadelphia, Thomas Navin of Detroit and representatives from Boston and Providence.

On May 23, 1951, a Tibetan delegation headed by Kalon Ngabo Ngawang Jigmestill the most important collaborator and the commander of the Tibetan troops in Kham who had weakly surrendered to the Chinesesigned a seventeen-point agreement which stripped the Tibetans of the right to independent foreign policy and defense decisions but otherwise left them their internal autonomy.

Solut Mek Kem pointed to the Foitani delegations from Odern and Rof Golan.

Great Khang signaled the rest of his delegation and led them from the cavern.