delegate

Delegate lends an official air to passing off your work. If you don't like cleaning the bathroom, you can try to delegate that task to your little brother.

A delegate is also an elected official, or the person who is doing the task you delegated them to do. In presidential primaries in the United States, you do not vote for a candidate, you vote for a delegate whose job it is to vote for that candidate at a convention. Be careful with how you pronounce the end of the word. The elected official is pronounced DE-lə-git whereas delegate as a verb should be DE-lə-gāt.

Definitions of delegate
  1. noun
    a person appointed or elected to represent others
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    apostolic delegate
    (Roman Catholic Church) a representative of the Holy See in a country that has no formal diplomatic relations with it
    type of:
    representative
    a person who represents others
  2. verb
    give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)
    synonyms: assign, depute, designate
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    mandate
    assign authority to
    cast
    select to play,sing, or dance a part in a play, movie, musical, opera, or ballet
    post
    assign to a post; put into a post
    cast
    assign the roles of (a movie or a play) to actors
    devolve
    pass on or delegate to another
    task
    assign a task to
    place
    place somebody in a particular situation or location
    regiment
    assign to a regiment
    reassign, transfer
    transfer somebody to a different position or location of work
    depute
    transfer power to someone
    mandate
    assign under a mandate
    advance, elevate, kick upstairs, promote, raise, upgrade
    give a promotion to or assign to a higher position
    break, bump, demote, kick downstairs, relegate
    assign to a lower position; reduce in rank
    place
    assign to (a job or a home)
    recast
    cast again, in a different role
    miscast
    cast an actor, singer, or dancer in an unsuitable role
    typecast
    cast repeatedly in the same kind of role
    second
    transfer an employee to a different, temporary assignment
    exchange
    hand over one and receive another, approximately equivalent
    tenure
    give life-time employment to
    bring up
    promote from a lower position or rank
    spot promote
    promote on the spot
    ennoble, entitle, gentle
    give a title to someone; make someone a member of the nobility
    sideline
    remove from the center of activity or attention; place into an inferior position
    reduce
    bring to humbler or weaker state or condition
    favor, favour, prefer
    promote over another
    brevet
    promote somebody by brevet, in the military
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    appoint, charge
    assign a duty, responsibility or obligation to
  3. verb
    transfer power to someone
    synonyms: depute
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    type of:
    assign, depute, designate
    give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)
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