deputy

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

Definition of deputy 

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

b : a second in command or assistant who usually takes charge when his or her superior is absent

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

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Examples of deputy in a Sentence

the club president sent a deputy to the conference to vote on our behalf a deputy supervisor to help out with routine tasks

Recent Examples on the Web

But only officers and deputies have the powers of arrest as a possible tool of coercion. Tom Jackman, chicagotribune.com, "In police sexual misconduct case, Michigan woman sues officer she accused of assault," 13 July 2018 But only officers and deputies have the powers of arrest as a possible tool of coercion. Tom Jackman, Washington Post, "In police sexual misconduct case, Michigan woman sues officer she accused of assault," 13 July 2018 Butler County deputies and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating. Cincinnati.com, "Officials: Construction worker dead after electrical incident in Butler County," 12 July 2018 The team of deputies and a member of the Harris County Toll Road Authority Incident Response Team first called out to the woman to exit her vehicle, the constable's office reported on Facebook. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "July 4th water rescue caught on dash cam video in Houston," 6 July 2018 The 22-year-old would find himself as a deputy to both Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane as Klopp looks to bring in adequate cover for his star duo next season. SI.com, "Liverpool's Newest Signing Spotted on Merseyside Ahead of First Appearance for the Reds," 30 June 2018 Aside from the president, this election includes nearly 130 senators, 500 deputies, and 8 governors across the country. Whitney Eulich, The Christian Science Monitor, "Mexico's man of the people – with an ego," 29 June 2018 The deputy and jail staff reviewed surveillance video and reportedly saw a man go into the victim’s car and take something, police said. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Hobart man stole phone from car in sheriff's parking lot while turning himself in on separate warrant: police," 28 June 2018 Buzz60 A day after Heather Locklear was arrested for after allegedly battering a sheriff's deputy and emergency medical personnel, authorities responded to a medical call at her home according to reports. Maeve Mcdermott, USA TODAY, "Reports: Person rushed to hospital from Heather Locklear's home one day after her arrest," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of deputy

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for deputy

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

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

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The first known use of deputy was in the 15th century

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More Definitions for deputy

deputy

noun
dep·u·ty | \ˈde-pyə-tē \
plural deputies

Kids Definition of deputy

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

deputy

noun
dep·u·ty | \ˈde-pyə-tē \
plural deputies

Legal Definition of deputy 

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

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

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