depute

verb

de·​pute di-ˈpyüt How to pronounce depute (audio)
deputed; deputing

Examples of depute in a Sentence

Several officers were deputed to guard the building. I've been deputed to meet them at the airport.
Recent Examples on the Web And when all is prepared duly, the chief officer deputed by the Khan smears the seal entrusted to him with vermilion, and impresses it on the paper, so that the form of the seal remains imprinted upon it in red; the money is then authentic. John Lanchester, The New Yorker, 29 July 2019 Lord Cornwallis, as the Company’s governor general, deputed him to interact and negotiate with the Bhonsles, the Maratha rulers in Nagpur. Anu Kumar, Quartz India, 26 July 2019

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Word History

Etymology

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, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of depute was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Depute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/depute. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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depute

verb
de·​pute di-ˈpyüt How to pronounce depute (audio)
deputed; deputing
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