July 22, 2013
delegate (verb)
\DEL-ih-gayt\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : to entrust to another2 : to appoint as one's delegate
How do you use it?
"The captain delegated Pat to go with Alec to the wireless office, where he could secure the money his family had sent him . . ." (Walter Farley, _The Black Stallion_)
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"Delegate" was used in English for the first time in the early sixteenth century. Which of these words do you think was also first used in English around the same time as "delegate"?

You can entrust A with offering the right answer. "Delegate" was formed in the early sixteenth century from the noun "delegate" (pronounced \DEL-ih-gut\) which refers to a person acting for another. It traces back to the Latin verb "legare," meaning "to send." "Decorate" also first appeared in English in the early sixteenth century and traces back to Latin, in this case to the Latin word "decor-, decus," meaning "ornament" or "honor." As a matter of fact, that period of English saw the adoption of many Latin words in addition to "delegate" and "decorate." Among them are "altercate," "penetrate," and "perpetuate."
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