deputy

noun, often attributive
dep·​u·​ty | \ ˈde-pyə-tē How to pronounce deputy (audio) \
plural deputies

Definition of deputy

1a : a person appointed as a substitute with power to act
b : a second in command or assistant who usually takes charge when his or her superior is absent
2 : a member of the lower house of some legislative assemblies

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Examples of deputy in a Sentence

the club president sent a deputy to the conference to vote on our behalf a deputy supervisor to help out with routine tasks

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Mansoor, a former Orange County sheriff’s deputy, was not available for comment Friday. Daily Pilot, "As follow-up to rainbow flag, Costa Mesa councilman wants to hang ‘Blue Lives Matter’ flag at City Hall," 14 Sep. 2019 Nine candidates are vying to replace him, including Sir Lindsay Hoyle, his deputy, and Harriet Harman, the Mother of the House. The Economist, "John Bercow is ousted—but the government will not choose his successor," 14 Sep. 2019 His responsibilities are being handled by his deputy, Todd Carter. Ian Duncan, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore acknowledges for first time that data was destroyed in ransomware attack," 11 Sep. 2019 One of the suspects may be left-handed, deputies said. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "Deputies want to know: Who robbed the Dollar General?," 9 Sep. 2019 The person who initially called 911 didn't see the crash, deputies said. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, "Santa Fe police search for driver involved in hit-and-run that killed pedestrian," 8 Sep. 2019 Of course, that report could only have reviewed the failures of the attorney general and his deputies in the Russia investigation, when in fact the violations were caused by the president—someone the inspector general has no jurisdiction over. Marcy Wheeler, The New Republic, "How Trump’s Justice Department Screwed James Comey," 30 Aug. 2019 As a safeguard against errors, Levy and his deputy were required each month to review a random sample of 10 percent of each other's cases, a routine practice among pathologists. Anchorage Daily News, "How Veterans Affairs failed to stop a pathologist who misdiagnosed 3,000 cases," 30 Aug. 2019 Dallas County residents should be alert to scam phone calls claiming to be from the Dallas County Sheriff's Department and other law enforcement agencies who demand money, sheriff's deputies said. Loyd Brumfield, Dallas News, "Watch out for scam callers collecting fake court fines, Dallas sheriff's office warns," 20 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of deputy

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for deputy

Middle English, from Anglo-French deputé, past participle of deputer

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deputy

noun
dep·​u·​ty | \ ˈde-pyə-tē How to pronounce deputy (audio) \
plural deputies

Kids Definition of deputy

: a person who officially acts for or in place of another

deputy

noun
dep·​u·​ty | \ ˈde-pyə-tē How to pronounce deputy (audio) \
plural deputies

Legal Definition of deputy

1 : a person appointed as a substitute with power to act
2 : a second in command or assistant who usually takes charge when his or her superior is absent specifically : deputy sheriff

History and Etymology for deputy

Middle French deputé person appointed to exercise authority, from past participle of deputer to appoint, depute

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