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verb (used with object), de·put·ed, de·put·ing.
  1. to appoint as one's substitute, representative, or agent.
  2. to assign (authority, a function, etc.) to a deputy.
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Origin of depute

1350–1400; Middle English deputen < Anglo-French, Old French deputer to assign < Late Latin dēputāre to allot, Latin: to consider, equivalent to dē- de- + putāre to think
Related formsdep·u·ta·ble [dep-yuh-tuh-buh l, duh-pyoo-] /ˈdɛp yə tə bəl, dəˈpyu-/, adjectiveun·de·put·ed, adjective
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Related Words for depute

instruct, engage, offer, invest, give, send, charge, promise, allocate, hold, empower, establish, authorize, accredit, elect, assign, designate, appoint, describe, earmark

Examples from the Web for depute

Historical Examples of depute

  • And now will you tell me the principal facts, as you know them, or will you depute some one else to do so?

    The Gold Bag

    Carolyn Wells

  • I depute you to open this sealed document and read the contents to the company.

    Dorothy's Travels

    Evelyn Raymond

  • If I depute a servant to do this, I know how he will set about it.

    Dog Breaking

    William Nelson Hutchinson

  • “At your own castle, when we can get there, and to whomsoever we may depute,” was the reply.

    Antony Waymouth

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • This preliminary work he is obliged to depute to subordinates.


    W. B. Woodgate

British Dictionary definitions for depute


verb (dɪˈpjuːt) (tr)
  1. to appoint as an agent, substitute, or representative
  2. to assign or transfer (authority, duties, etc) to a deputy; delegate
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noun (ˈdɛpjuːt)
  1. Scot
    1. a deputy
    2. (as modifier; usually postpositive)sheriff depute
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Word Origin for depute

C15: from Old French deputer, from Late Latin dēputāre to assign, allot, from Latin de- + putāre to think, consider
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Word Origin and History for depute


mid-14c., "to appoint, assign," from Middle French deputer, from Late Latin deputare "destine, allot" (see deputy). Related: Deputed; deputing.

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