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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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Related Words for deputize

authorize, consign, commission, delegate, mandate, entrust, assign, depute

Examples from the Web for deputize

Contemporary Examples of deputize

Historical Examples of deputize

  • He bent his eyes on Bob: “Better get Brush to deputize you to make the arrest.”

    The Mountain Divide

    Frank H. Spearman

  • "All you got to do is to do what I deputize you to do," he said quietly.

    Anderson Crow, Detective

    George Barr McCutcheon

  • The Sheriff denied that he had promised to deputize the Pinkertons.


    Arthur G. Burgoyne

  • Now I deny that Congress can deputize its legislative powers.

  • Miss Pierson, I deputize you to gather up the stray sunbeams for me that memory may have a regal crown to wear when I am far away.

British Dictionary definitions for deputize



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


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

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