- 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
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Examples from the Web for 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
I depute you to open this sealed document and read the contents to the company.Dorothy's Travels
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
This preliminary work he is obliged to depute to subordinates.Boating
W. B. Woodgate
- to appoint as an agent, substitute, or representative
- to assign or transfer (authority, duties, etc) to a deputy; delegate
- a deputy
- (as modifier; usually postpositive)sheriff 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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