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[duh-pyoot] /dəˈpyut/
verb (used with object), deputed, deputing.
to appoint as one's substitute, representative, or agent.
to assign (authority, a function, etc.) to a deputy.
Origin of depute
1350-1400; Middle English deputen < Anglo-French, Old French deputer to assign < Late Latin dēputāre to allot, Latin: to consider, equivalent to dē- de- + putāre to think
Related forms
[dep-yuh-tuh-buh l, duh-pyoo-] /ˈdɛp yə tə bəl, dəˈpyu-/ (Show IPA),
undeputed, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for depute
Historical Examples
  • And now will you tell me the principal facts, as you know them, or will you depute some one else to do so?

    The Gold Bag Carolyn Wells
  • I depute you to open this sealed document and read the contents to the company.

    Dorothy's Travels Evelyn Raymond
  • If I depute a servant to do this, I know how he will set about it.

    Dog Breaking William Nelson Hutchinson
  • “At your own castle, when we can get there, and to whomsoever we may depute,” was the reply.

    Antony Waymouth W.H.G. Kingston
  • This preliminary work he is obliged to depute to subordinates.

    Boating W. B. Woodgate
  • How on earth could I depute such a responsibility to any one in the office.

    The War-Workers E.M. Delafield
  • I depute you, if you love me, to guard her welfare—on my behalf and on your own.

  • I know it is asking a good deal, but would you accompany any one we may depute to go?

    Betty Grier Joseph Waugh
  • Be so good, my lords, as to depute one among you to speak for all.

    Fleur and Blanchefleur Mrs. Leighton
  • He has gone behind my back and tried to depute you to do it, to plead his cause for him.

    Prisoners Mary Cholmondeley
British Dictionary definitions for depute


verb (transitive) (dɪˈpjuːt)
to appoint as an agent, substitute, or representative
to assign or transfer (authority, duties, etc) to a deputy; delegate
noun (ˈdɛpjuːt)
  1. a deputy
  2. (as modifier; usually postpositive): sheriff depute
Word Origin
C15: from Old French deputer, from Late Latin dēputāre to assign, allot, from Latin de- + putāre to think, consider
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Word Origin and History for depute

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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