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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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For those who have not tried delegating decisions/work to their subordinates - try it now and benefit from it.
Yet some experts take the contrary view that delegating a few things that you love will keep you interested in your employee's progress and successes.
A fatal mistake that entrepreneurs make when delegating, says Denise O'Berry, president of The Small Business Edge Corp., in Tampa, Florida, is handing off tasks, then looking over the employee's shoulder to make sure it's done right.
Also, don't forget to identify the person's authority level and responsibilities, O'Berry adds, because delegating without authority (be it decision-making authority, or the authority to contact a client directly) is a waste of time.
You don't have time for them unless you are delegating a significant number of tasks.
A: Before "letting go" ask yourself: Do the people I'm delegating to have the information they need to make good decisions?
If it doesn't die a natural death in the delay drawer, and it has to be dealt with, consider delegating. Low-payoff items can be dealt with in a more cost-effective and time-effective manner by delegating them to support staff.
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