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deputize

[dep-yuh-tahyz] /ˈdɛp yəˌtaɪz/
verb (used with object), deputized, deputizing.
1.
to appoint as deputy.
verb (used without object), deputized, deputizing.
2.
to act as a deputy; substitute.
Also, especially British, deputise.
Origin of deputize
1720-1730
First recorded in 1720-30; deput(y) + -ize
Related forms
deputization, noun
de-deputize, verb (used with object), de-deputized, de-deputizing.
undeputized, adjective
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Examples from the Web for deputization
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  • Don't think for a moment that it is nothing but deputization.

    The Knack of Managing

    Lewis K. Urquhart and Herbert Watson
  • When work is deputized, the responsibility of the manager does not end with the act of deputization.

    The Knack of Managing

    Lewis K. Urquhart and Herbert Watson
British Dictionary definitions for deputization

deputize

/ˈdɛpjʊˌtaɪz/
verb
1.
to appoint or act as deputy
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Word Origin and History for deputization

deputize

v.

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

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