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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 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


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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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