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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.


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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Associated concepts: delegated legislative function, deleeated power, delegated state function, delegation of auuhority
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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.

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Like Most Improved, Delegator was pummelled in the Classic's ante-post market and, like Delegator, Most Improved has been the recipient of rave reviews from Meehan, who has snapped up the services of Fallon in the likelihood that owner Iraj Parvizi's preferred jockey Frankie Dettori will be required by Godolphin on May 5.
Delegator had begun his season with a smashing performance in the Group Two Duke of York Stakes over six furlong in May, which raised trainer Saeed Bin Surour's hopes of more successes in the sprinting division.
Delegator is a best-priced 7-2 chance with the Star at 13-2.
Delegator has impressed on the Newmarket gallops since soft ground forced him to miss the Group 1 Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Trained at Manton by Brian Meehan for a different owner up until then, Delegator was bought privately by Sheikh Mohammed's giant operation and switched to Saeed Bin Suroor at Newmarket.
Delegator is one of 17 declared for the six-furlong Group One, with Roger Charlton supplying three: The improving Bated Breath, set to be ridden by Richard Hughes, Definightly, who will be partnered by Olivier Peslier, and Genki, who will be ridden by Gold Cup winner Jamie Spencer.
A Classic contender when trained by Brian Meehan, Delegator finished second to Sea The Stars in the 2,000 Guineas two years ago.
Delegator is 7-1 favourite with Sky Bet for the Ascot race.
Sir Gerry, right, finishes behind Delegator in a Listed event at Newbury last Friday
Brian Meehan, who trained Delegator before Godolphin, is hatching his own Breeders' Cup plans with the eyecatching Dubai Duty Free Arc Trial winner Dangerous Midge (9-2).
WITH Sea The Stars and Mastercraftsman both tucked away at their Irish bases, the stage was clear for Delegator to delight on his Godolphin debut at Goodwood - and that he did with a dazzling display in the Celebration Mile.

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