deputize


verb (used with object), dep·u·tized, dep·u·tiz·ing.

  1. to appoint as deputy.

verb (used without object), dep·u·tized, dep·u·tiz·ing.

  1. to act as a deputy; substitute.

verb

  1. to appoint or act as deputy
v.

1730s; see deputy + -ize. Related: Deputized; deputizing.

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