1 envoy, agent, legate, representative, ambassador, plenipotentiary, minister, emissary, commissioner, (papal) nuncio, (papal) internuncio, spokesperson, spokesman, spokeswoman, go-between:
They kowtowed to the delegate from His Imperial Highness.
2 depute, commission, appoint, designate, assign, name, nominate, accredit, authorize, empower, mandate:
The president delegated Ambassador Foxley to represent him at the meeting.
3 assign, give, hand over or on, pass over or on, depute, transfer, entrust, relegate, Colloq pass the buck for, US buck:
She has delegated the responsibility to one of the directors.
conference, congress, convention | government, party, trade union
VERB + DELEGATE
elect | send
They decided not to send a delegate to the conference.
DELEGATE + VERB
No fewer than 2,000 delegates attended the conference.
a delegate from the local Labour party
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the British delegate to the United Nations
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