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[dep-yuh-tahyz] /ˈdɛp yəˌtaɪz/
verb (used with object), deputized, deputizing.
to appoint as deputy.
verb (used without object), deputized, deputizing.
to act as a deputy; substitute.
Also, especially British, deputise.
Origin of deputize
First recorded in 1720-30; deput(y) + -ize
Related forms
deputization, noun
de-deputize, verb (used with object), de-deputized, de-deputizing.
undeputized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for deputise
Historical Examples
  • It's good of you to drop in and deputise for my Dutch uncle!

  • Joanna carved the turkeys, refusing to deputise either to Martin or to Alce.

    Joanna Godden Sheila Kaye-Smith
  • I gather that Mary is anticipating a complete failure on our part to sustain the situation and is prepared to deputise.

  • It won't cost much, and I'd rather have those fearless practical men here than all the rubes you could deputise.

    The Daughter of Anderson Crow

    George Barr McCutcheon
British Dictionary definitions for deputise


to appoint or act as deputy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for deputise



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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