- to appoint as deputy.
- to act as a deputy; substitute.
Also especially British, dep·u·tise.
Origin of deputize
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Examples from the Web for deputize
Another has Mubarak deputize his vice president and step down in all but name.Egypt Uprising: The Latest News and Photos
The Daily Beast
January 31, 2011
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.Thirty Years' View (Vol. I of 2)
Thomas Hart Benton
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.Lily Pearl and The Mistress of Rosedale
- to appoint or act as deputy
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Word Origin and History for deputize
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