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

  • n. A person deputed; a deputy.
  • 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.

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


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

Middle English deputen, from Old French deputer, from Late Latin dēputāre, to allot, from Latin, to consider : dē-, de- + putāre, to ponder.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French députer, from Latin deputo.


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