depute

[duh-pyoot]

verb (used with object), de·put·ed, de·put·ing.

to appoint as one's substitute, representative, or agent.
to assign (authority, a function, etc.) to a deputy.

Nearby words

  1. depth sounder,
  2. depurate,
  3. depurative,
  4. deputable,
  5. deputation,
  6. deputize,
  7. deputy,
  8. deputy minister,
  9. deputy sheriff,
  10. der.

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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British Dictionary definitions for depute

depute

verb (dɪˈpjuːt) (tr)

to appoint as an agent, substitute, or representative
to assign or transfer (authority, duties, etc) to a deputy; delegate

noun (ˈdɛpjuːt)

Scot
  1. a deputy
  2. (as modifier; usually postpositive)sheriff depute

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

depute

v.

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

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