deputize

verb
dep·​u·​tize | \ˈde-pyə-ˌtīz \
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 \ 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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Last year, Ecuador attempted to deputize WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as one of its own diplomats and send him to Russia, according to a Friday report by Reuters. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Ecuador wanted to make Julian Assange a diplomat and send him to Moscow," 22 Sep. 2018 Putnam also would empower state law enforcement agencies to deputize officers to work with federal immigration agents. Skyler Swisher, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Adam Putnam's new public safety plan vows tough sentencing laws, avoids gun issue," 7 June 2018 Lincoln himself deputized Hughes to visit Paris and Rome to plead the Union’s cause. Terry Golway, WSJ, "‘Dagger John’ Review: Calling Bigotry By Its Name," 8 July 2018 Police there have been deputized as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. CBS News, "Renowned series "Eye on America" comes back to "CBS Evening News"," 29 May 2018 Some jurisdictions have explicit partnerships with the federal agency to train and deputize their officers to enforce immigration laws. Kavitha Surana, Philly.com, "Pennsylvania State Police adding oversight to troopers' interactions with ICE," 13 June 2018 Crown Prince Mohammed has a close relationship with the Trump administration, and especially with the president’s son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, whom the president has deputized to try to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Ben Hubbard, BostonGlobe.com, "Saudi crown prince says Israelis have a right to ‘their own land,’ sees benefit in formal relations," 3 Apr. 2018 Where police officers deputize the public to assist them by watching over the city and reporting any suspicious behavior. Maya Kosoff, The Hive, "New Jersey Welcomes a New Surveillance State," 11 June 2018 Six counties in Georgia have joined a federal program known as 287(g) that deputizes local law enforcement to effectively act as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. David Begnaud, CBS News, "Eye on America: Feds enlist local law enforcement in ICE's immigration crackdown," 5 June 2018

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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

: to give (someone) the power to do something in place of another person : to make (someone) a deputy

: to act in place of another person : to act for someone as a deputy

deputize

verb
dep·​u·​tize | \ˈde-pyə-ˌtīz \
deputized; deputizing

Kids Definition of deputize

: to appoint as deputy

deputize

verb
dep·​u·​tize | \ˈde-pyə-ˌtīz \
deputized; deputizing

Legal Definition of deputize 

transitive verb

: to appoint as deputy

intransitive verb

: to act as deputy

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