from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To appoint or authorize as an agent or a representative.
- transitive v. To assign (authority or duties) to another; delegate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To assign (someone or something) to or for something.
- v. To delegate (a task etc.) to a subordinate.
- v. To deputize (someone), to appoint as deputy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To appoint as deputy or agent; to commission to act in one's place; to delegate.
- transitive v. To appoint; to assign; to choose.
- n. A person deputed; a deputy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To appoint as a substitute or agent; appoint and send with a special commission or authority to act in the name of a principal.
- To set aside or apart; assign.
- To assign to a deputy; transfer: as, he deputed his authority to a substitute.
- To impute.
- n. A deputy: as, a sheriff depute or an advocate depute.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)
- v. appoint as a substitute
- v. transfer power to someone
Middle English deputen, from Old French deputer, from Late Latin dēputāre, to allot, from Latin, to consider : dē-, de- + putāre, to ponder.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French députer, from Latin deputo. (Wiktionary)