verb (used with object), de·put·ed, de·put·ing.

  1. to appoint as one’s substitute, representative, or agent.
  2. to assign (authority, a function, etc.) to a deputy.

verb (dɪˈpjuːt) (tr)

  1. to appoint as an agent, substitute, or representative
  2. to assign or transfer (authority, duties, etc) to a deputy; delegate

noun (ˈdɛpjuːt)

  1. Scot
    1. a deputy
    2. (as modifier; usually postpositive)sheriff depute

mid-14c., “to appoint, assign,” from Middle French deputer, from Late Latin deputare “destine, allot” (see deputy). Related: Deputed; deputing.

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