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deputize

[dep-yuh-tahyz]
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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 deputization

Historical Examples

  • Don't think for a moment that it is nothing but deputization.

    The Knack of Managing

    Lewis K. Urquhart and Herbert Watson

  • When work is deputized, the responsibility of the manager does not end with the act of deputization.

    The Knack of Managing

    Lewis K. Urquhart and Herbert Watson


British Dictionary definitions for deputization

deputize

deputise

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

deputize

v.

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

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