deputize

verb
dep·​u·​tize | \ ˈde-pyə-ˌtīz How to pronounce deputize (audio) \
deputized; deputizing

Definition of deputize

transitive verb

: to appoint as deputy

intransitive verb

: to act as deputy

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Other Words from deputize

deputization \ ˌde-​pyə-​tə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce deputization (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for deputize

Synonyms

commission, delegate, depute

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Examples of deputize in a Sentence

I deputize for the newspaper's editor on the weekends. he deputized a local citizen to take charge of the situation while he went for reinforcements

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Across mid- and southeast Michigan, he was deputized by counties and worked as a court officer in many jurisdictions. Freep.com, "This top cop ripped apart a Michigan town," 17 July 2019 The other prohibits law enforcement agencies from participating in a program that deputizes local officers with certain ICE powers. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Daywatch: Tax increases and new laws, women increasingly caught in Chicago violence and other things to know to start your day," 1 July 2019 Guidance issued by the Maryland Attorney General’s Office says that local police, unless deputized by federal authorities, do not have the authority to make arrests or detain or hold a person for ICE to intercept them. Washington Post, "Sanctuary or not? After immigrants wrongly targeted in Md. suburb, officials strengthen protections.," 26 June 2019 The coaches deputized him to motivate the clubhouse. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Albert Pujols’ return to St. Louis set for adulation, not condemnation," 20 June 2019 Captain Sergio Ramos absence against Valencia due to a calf injury will mean that Nacho Fernandez will continue to deputize in defense. SI.com, "Real Madrid Seeks Positive Momentum at Levante Before Champions League Resumes," 2 Feb. 2018 One application deputizes Alexa as a teaching assistant for young grade-school kids, offering timers and countdowns, and even guided meditation and dance sessions. Matt Day, latimes.com, "Alexa in the classroom? Amazon’s voice assistant leads kids’ story time," 14 June 2019 One application deputizes Alexa as a teaching assistant for young grade-school kids, offering timers and countdowns, and even guided meditation and dance sessions. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Alexa in the classroom? Amazon’s voice assistant leads kids’ story time," 14 June 2019 Dad deputized me to forgive his opponents for interfering with his shots. Lou Weiss, WSJ, "My Father’s Big, Beautiful Wall," 2 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of deputize

circa 1736, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of deputize was circa 1736

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deputize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of deputize

chiefly US : to give (someone) the power to do something in place of another person : to make (someone) a deputy
British : to act in place of another person : to act for someone as a deputy

deputize

verb
dep·​u·​tize | \ ˈde-pyə-ˌtīz How to pronounce deputize (audio) \
deputized; deputizing

Kids Definition of deputize

: to appoint as deputy

deputize

verb
dep·​u·​tize | \ ˈde-pyə-ˌtīz How to pronounce deputize (audio) \
deputized; deputizing

Legal Definition of deputize

transitive verb

: to appoint as deputy

intransitive verb

: to act as deputy

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