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-lēgo , āvi, ātum, 1,
I.v. a., to send, assign, dispatch, delegate a person to any place, person or business; to assign, confide, commit, intrust any thing to a person (for attention, care, protection, etc.); to charge a person with a business; to lay or impose upon a person any charge, order, business, command, etc., esp. of that which one prefers not to attend to in person (good prose; not in Caes.; perh. not in Cic.; v. the doubtful passage Cic. Fam. 7, 5, 2, and Orell. ad loc.).
I. In gen.
B. With a thing as object: hunc laborem alteri delegavi, Cael. ap. Cic. Fam. 8, 1; so, “curam nepotum alicui,Quint. 4 prooem. § 4: “officium alicui,id. 6 prooem. § 1: “ ministerium triumviris,Tac. Agr. 2; cf.: “jurisdictionem magistratibus,Suet. Claud. 23: “ordinandas bibliothecas alicui,id. Caes. 56; cf. id. Gramm. 21: “obsidione delegata in curam collegae,Liv. 9, 13: “delegato sibi officio functi sunt,Lact. 1, 4, 6. —
II. In partic., t. t. in the lang. of business, to assign, transfer, make over, either one who is to pay a debt or the debt itself: delegare est vice sua alium reum dare creditori, vel cui jusserit, Dig. 46, 2, 11: “debitorem,ib. 12: “debitores nobis deos,Sen. Ben. 4, 11; cf.: “delegabo te ad Epicurum, ab illo fiet numeratio,id. Ep. 18, 14: “nomen paterni debitoris,Dig. 37, 6, 1.— Absol.: “Quinto delegabo, si quid aeri meo alieno superabit,Cic. Att. 13, 46, 3: “Balbi regia condicio est delegandi,id. ib. 12, 12: “terram,to assign, Vulg. 3 Reg. 11, 18.—
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