verb (used with object), de·put·ed, de·put·ing.
- depth sounder,
- deputy minister,
- deputy sheriff,
Origin of depute
Examples from the Web for depute
This preliminary work he is obliged to depute to subordinates.Boating|W. B. Woodgate
These depute, again, one of their own number to Kapchack's court; you see him yonder, his name is Kauhaha.Wood Magic|Richard Jefferies
But his brother was much too wary to take such advice; he preferred to depute the business to his men.Chaucer's Works, Volume 5 (of 7) -- Notes to the Canterbury Tales|Geoffrey Chaucer
If I depute a servant to do this, I know how he will set about it.Dog Breaking|William Nelson Hutchinson
Whereas the said propriators have thought fitt under there hands & seales to depute me Phillip Ludwell Esqr.Mother Earth|W. Stitt Robinson, Jr.
verb (dɪˈpjuːt) (tr)
- a deputy
- (as modifier; usually postpositive)sheriff depute
Word Origin for depute
mid-14c., "to appoint, assign," from Middle French deputer, from Late Latin deputare "destine, allot" (see deputy). Related: Deputed; deputing.