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[dep-yuh-tee] /ˈdɛp yə ti/
noun, plural deputies.
a person appointed or authorized to act as a substitute for another or others.
a person appointed or elected as assistant to a public official, serving as successor in the event of a vacancy.
a person representing a constituency in certain legislative bodies.
appointed, elected, or serving as an assistant or second-in-command.
Origin of deputy
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English depute < Old French, noun use of past participle of deputer to depute
Related forms
deputyship, noun
subdeputy, noun, plural subdeputies.
1. agent, representative, surrogate, envoy, emissary, proxy. Unabridged
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noun (pl) -ties
  1. a person appointed to act on behalf of or represent another
  2. (as modifier): the deputy chairman
a member of the legislative assembly or of the lower chamber of the legislature in various countries, such as France
(Brit, mining) another word for fireman (sense 4)
Word Origin
C16: from Old French depute, from deputer to appoint; see depute
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Word Origin and History for deputy

c.1400, "one given the full power of an officer without holding the office," from Anglo-French deputé, noun use of past participle of Middle French députer "appoint, assign" (14c.), from Late Latin deputare "to destine, allot," in classical Latin "to esteem, consider, consider as," literally "to cut off, prune," from de- "away" (see de-) + putare "to think, count, consider," literally "to cut, prune" (see pave).

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