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 There are a lot of guns being put into the hands of felons because our police and prosecutors refuse to do the work of enforcing the law on straw-buyers, and deputizing some $8-an-hour clerk at a sporting-goods shop is no substitute for police work. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "How to Deal with the Counterfeit Goods Problem," 22 Dec. 2019 Culpeper County Sheriff Scott Jenkins has already vowed to deputize citizens if Democrats pass gun control. Fox News, "About 100 Virginia cities, counties declare gun sanctuaries as Dems prepare to take legislature," 21 Dec. 2019 The company is also deputized by payday lenders, who pay them a fee to serve warrants on debtors. Anjali Tsui, ProPublica, "They Loan You Money. Then They Get a Warrant for Your Arrest.," 3 Dec. 2019 As expected, Jordan Larmour and Andrew Conway will deputize at fullback and wing. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ireland rules out Kearney, Earls for Cup opener v Scotland," 20 Sep. 2019 Lawmakers are scrutinizing a longstanding FAA practice that deputizes company employees to issue safety approvals on new aircraft designs on the agency's behalf. Anchorage Daily News, "Boeing chief defends employee ‘delegation’ of safety approvals in sometimes testy hearing," 29 Oct. 2019 The e-mails from Boston police servers show that Gallagher was actually deputized as an ICE agent, which could be itself a violation of the Trust Act. BostonGlobe.com, "Documents show Boston police officer worked closely with ICE," 26 Oct. 2019 At Boeing, the company directly oversees a pool of engineers who are deputized to act in behalf of FAA. Anchorage Daily News, "Boeing chief defends employee ‘delegation’ of safety approvals in sometimes testy hearing," 29 Oct. 2019 The police department of the town of South Palm Beach, after over 60 years, has merged with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, who deputized the town’s six officers earlier this month. Austen Erblat, sun-sentinel.com, "After 6 decades, town’s police department merges with Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office," 24 Oct. 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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deputize. Accessed 20 January 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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