A delegation is a group of people who act as representatives of a larger group. If you’re a member of Congress from the Sunshine State, you’re a member of the Florida delegation.

Ever seen the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games? Each country's delegation enters the stadium as a group, marching behind its own flag. Some delegations are a few hundred people, some are only a few, but each delegation is made up of the athletes and coaches sent to represent their country. You can also use delegation to mean assigning something to someone. While you're in the Amazon, you'll need to arrange with your roommates for delegation of your bill-paying duties.

Definitions of delegation
  1. noun
    a group of representatives or delegates
    synonyms: commission, delegacy, deputation, mission
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    diplomatic mission
    a mission serving diplomatic ends
    an ambassador and his or her entourage collectively
    High Commission
    an embassy of one British Commonwealth country to another
    foreign mission, legation
    a permanent diplomatic mission headed by a minister
    type of:
    organisation, organization
    a group of people who work together
  2. noun
    authorizing subordinates to make certain decisions
    synonyms: delegating, deputation, relegating, relegation
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    devolution, devolvement
    the delegation of authority (especially from a central to a regional government)
    type of:
    authorisation, authorization, empowerment
    the act of conferring legality or sanction or formal warrant
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