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.
2. (a) One elected by the
people of a territory to represent them in Congress, where he has the
right of debating, but not of voting. (b)
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.]
Del"e*gate (?), a. [L.
delegatus, p. p.] Sent to act for or represent another;
deputed; as, a delegate judge. "Delegate power."
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
2. To intrust to the care or management of
another; to transfer; to assign; to commit.
The delegated administration of the
Delegated executive power.
The power exercised by the legislature is the people's
power, delegated by the people to the
legislative. J. B. Finch.