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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 deputize
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  • He bent his eyes on Bob: “Better get Brush to deputize you to make the arrest.”

    The Mountain Divide Frank H. Spearman
  • "All you got to do is to do what I deputize you to do," he said quietly.

    Anderson Crow, Detective George Barr McCutcheon
  • The Sheriff denied that he had promised to deputize the Pinkertons.

    Homestead Arthur G. Burgoyne
  • Now I deny that Congress can deputize its legislative powers.

  • Miss Pierson, I deputize you to gather up the stray sunbeams for me that memory may have a regal crown to wear when I am far away.

  • A good manager, though, can't simply go and deputize every detail of his job.

    The Knack of Managing

    Lewis K. Urquhart and Herbert Watson
  • I'll vouch that they're all good cow-hands, and if you want to deputize the whole works, why, just work your rabbit's foot.

    The Outlet Andy Adams
British Dictionary definitions for deputize

deputize

/ˈdɛpjʊˌtaɪz/
verb
1.
to appoint or act as deputy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for deputize
v.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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