Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • Previously, concerns had been raised that the best teachers were quickly promoted to posts such as depute head, which took them away from pupils.

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  • Fiscal depute Elaine Lynch said: “The accused got to his feet and was standing over the police officer exposing his penis and thrusting it in her face, forcing her to take evasive action to avoid getting struck.”

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  • Referring to Edinburgh's decision, Graeme Kirkpatrick, the union's depute president, said: A £36,000 degree is both staggering and ridiculous.

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  • Such should be sedulously cherished, and it were well to depute this to their men-folk, the nearer of kin the better.

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  • It is the novelist's innate cowardice that makes him depute to imaginary personalities the sins that he is too cautious to commit for himself.

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  • Princes, who can depute other hands to do their less savoury work for them, commonly escape all temporary judgements, but not the last.

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  • "It is not contested by the Crown that she suffers from glaucoma and Crohn's disease, and it would appear that through her dissatisfaction with conventional treatments, she began to cultivate cannabis at her home," explained depute procurator fiscal Alasdair Fay.

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  • Last month, the couple told the Courier that they had been considering their position after the fallout from depute council leader Mr Currie's shock decision to refuse his party's Westminster candidacy for the East Lothian seat at next year's General Election.

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  • Fiscal depute Donna Brown, told the court that between 15 and 20 employees had been involved during the period of November 1 to 30 2006.

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