[ dep-yuh-tahyz ]
/ ˈdɛp yəˌtaɪz /

verb (used with object), dep·u·tized, dep·u·tiz·ing.

to appoint as deputy.

verb (used without object), dep·u·tized, dep·u·tiz·ing.

to act as a deputy; substitute.
Also especially British, dep·u·tise.

Origin of deputize

First recorded in 1720–30; deput(y) + -ize

Related forms

dep·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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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

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

    Joanna Godden|Sheila Kaye-Smith
  • It's good of you to drop in and deputise for my Dutch uncle!

British Dictionary definitions for deputise



/ (ˈdɛpjʊˌtaɪz) /


to appoint or act as deputy
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