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verb (used with object), dep·u·tized, dep·u·tiz·ing.
  1. to appoint as deputy.
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verb (used without object), dep·u·tized, dep·u·tiz·ing.
  1. to act as a deputy; substitute.
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Also especially British, dep·u·tise.

Origin of deputize

First recorded in 1720–30; deput(y) + -ize
Related formsdep·u·ti·za·tion, nounde-dep·u·tize, verb (used with object), de-dep·u·tized, de-dep·u·tiz·ing.un·dep·u·tized, adjective
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Examples from the Web for deputise

Historical Examples

  • It's good of you to drop in and deputise for my Dutch uncle!

    The Sins of Sverac Bablon

    Sax Rohmer

  • Joanna carved the turkeys, refusing to deputise either to Martin or to Alce.

    Joanna Godden

    Sheila Kaye-Smith

  • I gather that Mary is anticipating a complete failure on our part to sustain the situation and is prepared to deputise.

  • It won't cost much, and I'd rather have those fearless practical men here than all the rubes you could deputise.

    The Daughter of Anderson Crow

    George Barr McCutcheon

British Dictionary definitions for deputise



  1. to appoint or act as deputy
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Word Origin and History for deputise



1730s; see deputy + -ize. Related: Deputized; deputizing.

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