verb de·pute \di-ˈpyüt\

: to give (someone) a job or responsibility


Full Definition of DEPUTE

transitive verb
:  delegate

Examples of DEPUTE

  1. Several officers were deputed to guard the building.
  2. I've been deputed to meet them at the airport.

Origin of DEPUTE

Middle English, to appoint, from Anglo-French deputer, from Late Latin deputare to assign, from Latin, to consider (as), from de- + putare to consider
First Known Use: 14th century

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