depute

[ duh-pyoot ]
/ dəˈpyut /

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.

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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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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