deputy

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noun, often attributive dep·u·ty \ˈde-pyə-tē\

Definition of deputy

plural

deputies

  1. 1a :  a person appointed as a substitute with power to actb :  a second in command or assistant who usually takes charge when his or her superior is absent

  2. 2 :  a member of the lower house of some legislative assemblies

Examples of deputy in a Sentence

  1. the club president sent a deputy to the conference to vote on our behalf

  2. a deputy supervisor to help out with routine tasks

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Origin and Etymology of deputy

Middle English, from Anglo-French deputé, past participle of deputer


First Known Use: 15th century


DEPUTY Defined for Kids

deputy

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noun dep·u·ty \ˈde-pyə-tē\

Definition of deputy for Students

plural

deputies

  1. :  a person who officially acts for or in place of another


Law Dictionary

deputy

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noun dep·u·ty \ˈde-pyə-tē\

Legal Definition of deputy

plural

deputies

  1. 1 :  a person appointed as a substitute with power to act

  2. 2 :  a second in command or assistant who usually takes charge when his or her superior is absent; specifically :  deputy sheriff

Origin and Etymology of deputy

Middle French deputé person appointed to exercise authority, from past participle of deputer to appoint, depute



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