[ dep-yuh-tey-shuhn ]
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  1. the act of appointing a person or persons to represent or act for another or others.

  2. the person or body of persons so appointed or authorized.

Origin of deputation

1350–1400; Middle English deputacioun<Medieval Latin dēputātiōn- (stem of dēputātiō), Late Latin: delegation, equivalent to dēputāt(us) (past participle of dēputāre;see depute, -ate1) + -iōn--ion

Words Nearby deputation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use deputation in a sentence

  • His abdication was signed, and doubtless by that time a deputation was on its way to Vienna to offer the throne to Prince Alix.

    The Weight of the Crown | Fred M. White

British Dictionary definitions for deputation


/ (ˌdɛpjʊˈteɪʃən) /

  1. the act of appointing a person or body of people to represent or act on behalf of others

  2. a person or, more often, a body of people so appointed; delegation

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