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 deputize (audio) \ noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web As Judd mentioned, the page sports comedic relief with a very capable graphics team able to put together humorous images such as PCSO’s April Fools’ post regarding its decision to deputize alligators to apprehend fugitives in the water. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando social media stars: Florida sheriffs find viral fame, but methods not without critics," 19 Apr. 2021 The letter enables James, also a Democrat, to deputize an outside law firm to conduct an inquiry with full subpoena power. Author: Michael R. Sisak And Marina Villeneuve, Anchorage Daily News, "Calls for Cuomo’s resignation mount as 3rd accuser emerges," 2 Mar. 2021 The referral letter allows James to deputize an outside law firm to conduct the inquiry with full subpoena power. Steve Peoples, ajc, "Cuomo allegations leave Democrats grappling with response," 1 Mar. 2021 The most efficient way to deputize the U.S.’s primary care workforce is to expand VTrckS access directly to those primary care offices willing to receive vaccine shipments and vaccinate patients. Emily Maxson, STAT, "Primary care practices could be the Biden administration’s secret weapon in the fight against Covid-19," 27 Feb. 2021 Ruffin said he has been asked to prepare to deputize members of the National Guard to give them law enforcement authority, though those plans have not been finalized. BostonGlobe.com, "Secret Service launches massive security operation to protect Biden inauguration," 12 Jan. 2021 The city of Oakland joined the suit partly to thwart the possibility that the federal government would deputize its police officers. oregonlive, "Portland, Oakland sue Homeland Security, Justice Department alleging unconstitutional federal overreach," 15 Oct. 2020 So Mayor John Cooper wants the ability to deputize additional city workers to help. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "WWII anniversary, liquor boom, tracking app: News from around our 50 states," 5 Sep. 2020 This adds a lot of work and Raven would normally deputize her two kids, ages 14 and 12. Sam Whiting, SFChronicle.com, "How an ER doctor plans a dinner party during the pandemic," 2 Aug. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deputize. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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