noun, often attributive
dep·​u·​ty | \ ˈde-pyə-tē How to pronounce deputy (audio) \
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

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Dodson, 57, who has two deputies working full time with the Border Patrol, said the partnership is good. John Maccormack,, "Border immigration surge reaches the Big Bend," 10 June 2019 One of the city’s deputy mayors, Stéphane Lang, gave a brief speech to welcome the team to Reims. Alicia Delgallo, Pro Soccer USA, "USWNT greeted warmly in Reims, France ahead of first World Cup match," 9 June 2019 Sereno was pronounced dead at the scene, after deputies were able to wade out and bring her to the shoreline, Enriquez said. Molly Hudson, azcentral, "Sheriff's Office: Woman drowns while tubing on the Verde River," 9 June 2019 Those injured were transported to local hospitals and the injuries varied in severity, said Steven McHugh, deputy superintendent of Boston EMS. CBS News, "Boston train derailment leaves 9 injured," 8 June 2019 The Broward Sheriff's Office's active shooter policy calls for deputies to interrupt a shooting and search for victims when there is a ceasefire. Darran Simon, CNN, "Why the case against former Marjory Stoneman Douglas resource officer Scot Peterson is the first of its kind," 8 June 2019 The unidentified suspect reportedly fled the scene before deputies arrived. Lynnette Cantos,, "Man injured in overnight stabbing in Orange County, deputies say," 8 June 2019 Running to the Edge, a new book by New York Times deputy sports editor Matthew Futterman. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, "The Coach Who Changed Running Forever," 7 June 2019 That’s why Rupert Murdoch’s former deputy at NewsCorp is putting together a $15 million fund to combat the law, tossing in $1 million of his own money. Stephen Galloway, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hollywood Must Pull Out of Georgia," 7 June 2019

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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

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dep·​u·​ty | \ ˈde-pyə-tē How to pronounce deputy (audio) \
plural deputies

Kids Definition of deputy

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


dep·​u·​ty | \ ˈde-pyə-tē How to pronounce deputy (audio) \
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

History and Etymology for deputy

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

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to take the place or position of

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