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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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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verb (dɪˈpjuːt) (tr)
  1. to appoint as an agent, substitute, or representative
  2. to assign or transfer (authority, duties, etc) to a deputy; delegate
noun (ˈdɛpjuːt)
  1. 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 deputed



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

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