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A person who is appointed, authorized, delegated, or commissioned to act in the place of another. Transfer of authority from one to another. A person to whom affairs are committed by another.

A person elected or appointed to be a member of a representative assembly. Usually spoken of one sent to a special or occasional assembly or convention. Person selected by a constituency and authorized to act for it at a party or state political convention.

As a verb, it means to transfer authority from one person to another; to empower one to perform a task in behalf of another, e.g., a landlord may delegate an agent to collect rents.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


1) v. to assign authority to another. 2) n. a person chosen to attend a convention, conference or meeting on behalf of an organization, constituency, interest group or business.

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DELEGATE. A person elected by the people of a territory of the United States, to congress, who has a seat in congress, and a right of debating, but not of voting. Ordinance of July, 13, 1787, 3 Story's L. U. S. 2076.
     2. The delegates from the territories of the United States are entitled to send and receive letters, free of postage, on the same terms and conditions as members of the senate and house of representatives of the United States; and also to the same compensation as is allowed to members of the senate and house of representatives. Act of February 18, 1802, 2 Story, L. U. S. 828.
     3. A delegate is also a person elected to some deliberative assembly, usually one for the nomination of officers.
     4. In contracts, a delegate is one who is authorized by another in the name of the latter; an attorney.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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But it's not that hard; as well as being trained in key aspects of the role, there are always officials, supportive colleagues and experienced delegates on hand to help and guide newer ones.
According to him, even with 5000 delegates, the event was held at Baba Yara stadium in Kumasi, so all regions voted at the same time.
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Denoting equilibrium values (given the players' delegation decisions of stage 1) with a hat, the first-order conditions (FOCs) give [[??].sup.nn.sub.i] ([mu]) = E [V([mu])j /4, where index indicates that both players do not delegate. (8) So, rent dissipation (the ex ante aggregate effort) equals [[??].sup.nn] ([mu]) [equivalent to] E [V([mu])] /2.
Trump all the way," said Tania Vojvodic, a delegate to the state convention who plans to run for a national slot.
Twenty-five of Oregon's 28 delegates to the Cleveland convention will be allocated to reflect the statewide vote in the May 17 primary.
Prior to the AGM, the delegate should ask the Secretary to add to the meeting agenda a time for all Branch members to be asked to consider and put forward any proposals for correcting or improving the IOCP and/or the professional wellbeing of members.
In order to lawfully delegate medication administration, the APRN must first apply for and obtain from the state nursing board a certificate of authority to prescribe drugs.
With the governance changes within ANA following the June House of Delegates meeting, our bylaws should reflect those differences.
* The ANA total dues paid by the IMD in the 24 months ending December 31 of the even numbered years shall be divided by the C/ SNA average dues per additional delegate to determine the number of additional delegates apportioned to the IMD from the seats designated for the IMD by ANA Bylaws.
The former governor said this in Ogori-Magongo local government area of the state while addressing delegates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that will participate in the primary election of the party in September.