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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Pritzker appointed Emily Miller, the first assistant deputy chief of staff for policy, and Cameron Mock, chief of staff in the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget, to the panel. Jamie Munks, chicagotribune.com, "What to do about property taxes? Gov. J.B. Pritzker asks a task force to figure it out," 2 Aug. 2019 The president's deputy campaign manager pled guilty. Matt Laslo, WIRED, "Russia Is Going to Up Its Game for the 2020 Elections," 31 July 2019 Mary Ann Ince, former deputy chief of the criminal appeals division in Maryland’s office of the attorney general who earlier had studied music before pursuing a legal career, died July 22 of cancer at her home in Colleyville, Texas. Frederick N. Rasmussen, baltimoresun.com, "Mary Ann R. Ince, ex-deputy chief of criminal appeals division in Maryland’s office of the attorney general, dies," 30 July 2019 Biggs asked Mueller about his three meetings before being named special counsel with Rod Rosenstein, who was then the deputy attorney general and who had oversight of the investigation because then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions had recused himself. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "Arizona Republican faults Mueller for Trump-Russia probe costs, casts report as waste," 24 July 2019 Cincinnati is under contract with Norwood until July 29 to provide emergency assistance, said the mayor's deputy chief of staff Holly Stutz Smith. Chris Mayhew, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati mayor tells governor he is 'extremely concerned about the safety of Norwood's water'," 23 July 2019 Boyles’ father, Gary, reached deputy chief in the San Bernardino County Fire Department, then led a department in Contra Costa County as chief before retiring. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Assistant chief ready to take on the top job in Newport Beach Fire Department," 19 July 2019 Aaron Lipski, deputy chief of the Milwaukee Fire Department, tweeted that the extreme heat and hazardous building contents were slowing firefighters’ progress. Colin Boyle, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A fire damages family-owned welding shop in Milwaukee's Walker's Point neighborhood," 19 July 2019 Gov Jeanette Nuñez and remarks by Guy Gilady, deputy consul general of Israel in Miami, and Leandro Fernandez Suarez, consul general of Argentina in Miami. Sergio Carmona, sun-sentinel.com, "South Floridians remember, seek justice 25 years following AMIA bombing," 18 July 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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