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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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Suzara pointed out that organizing the 11-nation meet won't be possible without the help and expertise of these technical delegates.
Also speaking, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the party, Bode Ogunmola, promised that the delegates in the area would give maximum support to Captain Wada.
Special provisions in the Employment Relations Act now require CAs in the public health sector to ensure delegates and members are involved in decisions that may have an impact on their work/working environment.
He added that the lack of human resources and inadequate working conditions at the administrative, logistical and structural levels hamper the work of child protection delegates and must be "radically revised", he said.
There are no delegates from "Others" so one position remained vacant from this canton.
Nevertheless, Baba Jamal could not fathom why the organisers set up only 5 voting centres for over 9000 delegates, at a venue which was not spacious enough to contain the large number of delegates.
Speaking on the occasion, Acting President Sadiq Sanjrani welcomed the delegates attending the conference.
But it seems their victory was momentarily dampened when Madela revealed on his Twitter that the delegates' luggage were broken into and their valuables and pasalubong stolen.
class="MsoNormalHe explained that the 370 delegates included 220 youth who were to be mobilised from all the 47 counties through the regional National Youth Council (NYC) representatives, 50 delegates were to be mobilised through the office of the then acting chief executive officer in consultation with Mr Timothy Gakuu, former Youth Director.
He noted that in the aftermath, some delegates have become openly critical of Umno's top echelon and started pushing for change, challenging their current state party chiefs and division chiefs who are the 'warlords' exerting control over the grassroots.
The APP Managing Director briefed the delegates about the aims and objectives of the conference.
A person is not eligible to nominate for, be elected to, or hold any office in the Association, Committee of Delegates or branch thereof if
In the first phase more than fifty thousand foreign delegates will take part.
In an emergency situation, the RN delegates a task/procedure to an LPN if the RN believes that the risk to the client safety is greater if not delegated.
In each case we thus assume that the players involved know that the relevant delegates are able to learn the true value of the prize, given their specific expertise, access to better sources of information, etc.
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