Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Merriam-Webster Word of the Day - Delegate


 
Merriam-Webster 
 
WORD OF THE DAY
March 28, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
delegate Audio pronunciation
 
verb | DEL-uh-gayt  
 
Definition
 
:
to entrust to another
 
:
to appoint as one's representative
 
:
to assign responsibility or authority
 
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To delegate is, literally or figuratively, to send another in one's place, an idea that is reflected in the word's origin; it is a descendant of Latin legare, meaning "to send as an emissary." Other English words that can be traced back to legareinclude legate ("an emissary usually having official status"), legacycolleague, and relegate. (The related Latin noun legatus refers to an ambassador, deputy, or provincial governor.) The noun delegate, meaning "a person acting for another," was in use in English by the 15th century, with the verb first appearing in the 16th century.
 
 
Examples of DELEGATE
 
"He said the current board seems to delegate rather than take input and make decisions based on what the community wants…."
— Derek LaceyBlueRidgeNow.com (Henderson, North Carolina), 14 Feb. 2018
 
"What's appropriate for your boss to delegate to you, and what's not? Especially when your boss asks you to do simple tasks—as in: very basic duties that are part of their job—they're walking a thin line between what's fair for you to do and what's not."
— The Cut, 9 Feb. 2018
 
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