Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To appoint or serve as a deputy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make (someone) a deputy; to officially empower.
  • v. To make or name as a substitute.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To appoint as one's deputy; to empower to act in one's stead; to appoint as one's substitute; to depute.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To appoint as deputy; empower to act for another, as a sheriff; depute.
  • To act as a deputy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. appoint as a substitute
  • v. act as a substitute

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Examples

  • Matt Rothschild's astonishing expose of the FBI's decision to "deputize" 23,000 representatives of private industry reflects a frightening alignment of authoritarian forces, as well as another apparently deliberate flouting of constitutional norms.

    Charlie Cray: The Pirates of Privatization

  • People are out there to become part of the solution, to kind of deputize them without giving them official rank.

    CNN Transcript Jul 7, 2005

  • There also can be ways to "deputize" respected members of your community to help you with the task.

    Forbes.com: News

  • Among them is a proposal that Mubarak "deputize" his Vice President Omar Suleiman with his powers and, for the time being at least, step down in everything but name.

    USATODAY.com News

  • Among them is a proposal that Mubarak "deputize" his Vice President Suleiman with his powers and step down in everything but name, perhaps keeping the presidency title for the time being at least.

    chron.com Chronicle

  • One proposal floated by the "Wise Men" would have Mubarak "deputize" Suleiman with his powers and step aside in every way but name, perhaps keeping the presidency title for the time being at least.

    Thestar.com - Home Page

  • EUTAW | A West Alabama state senator said he would ask the Greene County Sheriff to "deputize" men to block any raid of Greene-track, the only major electronic bingo hall open in Alabama.

    Local News from Tuscaloosa News

  • The goal of the Citizens 'Posse campaign, which will culminate at DuPont Circle in D.C. next Tuesday - but which will involve an online component for those not in the capital - seeks to "deputize" pissed-off Americans and have them arrest health insurance company

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  • If there is then certainly they would institute martial law and outlaw gatherings of more than a few people, collect firearms from some and probably "deputize" other gun owners to do their dirty work for them.

    Alex Jones' Prison Planet.com

  • "Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy is thinking about a pilot project to 'deputize' a few Suffolk County police officers to act in the additional role of immigration agents.

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