verb (used with object), de·put·ed, de·put·ing.
- to appoint as one’s substitute, representative, or agent.
- to assign (authority, a function, etc.) to a deputy.
verb (dɪˈpjuːt) (tr)
- to appoint as an agent, substitute, or representative
- to assign or transfer (authority, duties, etc) to a deputy; delegate
- a deputy
- (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.