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

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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 Boris’s Bad News Boris Johnson has been taken into the hospital intensive care unit for treatment for coronavirus after his condition worsened, his office said, while Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is now deputizing for the U.K. prime minister. Sybilla Gross, Bloomberg.com, "Five Things You Need to Know to Start Your Day," 8 May 2020 Johnson has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, 46, to deputize for him when needed as the nation tackles the coronavirus crisis. NBC News, "Coronavirus patient receives standing ovation from hospital after 15-day battle," 7 Apr. 2020 Anyone who stopped into the police station to complain about the mob was deputized. Paula Schleis, cincinnati.com, "Making the call: Why Kent's mayor asked the governor to send the Guard to Kent State," 1 May 2020 British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab had been deputized to stand in for Johnson while he has been treated. NBC News, "U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson out of intensive care as coronavirus recovery continues," 9 Apr. 2020 In the short term at least, that would be his foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, who was deputized by the British prime minister before he was taken to the hospital suffering from COVID-19. Christina Boyle, Los Angeles Times, "If Boris Johnson cannot serve as British prime minister, who steps in?," 6 Apr. 2020 Sheriffs were, in effect, deputized by Kemp to take action against establishments, corporations and non-profits who defy the governor’s executive order enacted to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. Christian Boone, ajc, "Governor enlists sheriffs to enforce business closures," 4 Apr. 2020 Now convalescing at the prime minister’s country residence, Chequers, Mr. Johnson has deputized his functions to the foreign secretary, Dominic Raab. Stephen Castle, New York Times, "For the Foreseeable Future, U.K. Parliament May Meet in Cyberspace," 15 Apr. 2020 First, as some members of Congress have suggested, the Trump administration should deputize a highly qualified individual as PPE czar with the authority to procure PPE from suppliers anywhere in the world. Ryan Petersen, Fortune, "What the U.S. can do to remedy the coronavirus PPE crisis," 7 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of deputize

circa 1736, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Deputize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deputize. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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deputize

verb
How to pronounce deputize (audio)

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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