delegate (something) to (one)

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delegate (something) to (one)

To assign something, such as a task, to someone else. Oh, I delegated that boring paperwork to the interns immediately. If you're overwhelmed, why don't you delegate some of this stuff to the rest of your team?
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

delegate someone to something

to appoint someone to something; to appoint someone to be something. I will delegate Jane to be our representative. Donna was delegated to attend the conference.
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delegate something to someone

to assign a task to someone; to appoint someone to do a specific task. I will have to delegate this job to Sam, who knows how to do these things. The job was delegated to Sally.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
It announced itself as the work of the people themselves; and as this was unquestionably a power assumed by the Convention, not delegated to them by the people, they religiously confined it to a simple power to propose, and carefully provided that it should be no more than a proposal until sanctioned by the Confederation Congress, by the State Legislatures, and by the people of the several States, in conventions specially assembled, by authority of their Legislatures, for the single purpose of examining and passing upon it.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
--Name of the delegatee to whom the task was delegated to
Think about a time that you were delegated to poorly.
Carroll admonished the nation to promote "adherence to the principles which laid the foundation of [America's] growing prosperity; the confederation of these states, sovereign and independent within the powers not delegated to the general confederacy." He resigned his U.S.
Perform such functions of the Board as may be delegated to it by the Board.
government has legitimacy, and it is the proper venue for exercising those powers of governance that were delegated to it.