Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive & intransitive verb To appoint or serve as a deputy.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • verb appoint as a substitute
  • verb 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.

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  • 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

  • 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.

    chron.com Chronicle

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

    NPR Topics: 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

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

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  • 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.

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