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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.
Also especially British, dep·u·tise.

Origin of deputize

First recorded in 1720–30; deput(y) + -ize
Related formsdep·u·ti·za·tion, nounde-dep·u·tize, verb (used with object), de-dep·u·tized, de-dep·u·tiz·ing.un·dep·u·tized, adjective
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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!

    The Sins of Sverac Bablon

    Sax Rohmer

  • 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</p>

    George Barr McCutcheon

British Dictionary definitions for deputise



  1. to appoint or act as deputy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for deputise



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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