deputy

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

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 McCray questioned Ford about a policy in place during his time as deputy chief in Fulton County, Georgia, that barred firefighters from entering vacant or derelict buildings. Emily Opilo, Baltimore Sun, 11 May 2022 Despite Wednesday morning's violence, Adams, the deputy chief, said the shooting doesn't mean downtown Indianapolis is a dangerous area. Lawrence Andrea, The Indianapolis Star, 11 May 2022 Bettison continued to rise through the ranks, serving as inspector, captain, commander and deputy chief. Dana Afana, Detroit Free Press, 11 May 2022 Mayor Richard Irvin gave the oath to Dave McCabe as the new chief, and Dan Osman as the new deputy chief. Steve Lord, Chicago Tribune, 4 May 2022 In about 2017, a Panamanian company held by the trust lent $30.5 million to a trust benefiting Putin’s former deputy chief of staff Kirill Androsov, according to the documents. Washington Post, 3 May 2022 Sechin was appointed chairman of Rosneft’s board in July of that year, while staying on as Putin’s deputy chief of staff. Giacomo Tognini, Forbes, 2 May 2022 Tomi Timonen, deputy chief of the border guard station at Niirala, said those who live and work in the area are outraged, but not surprised, by Putin’s war. Emily Rauhala, Anchorage Daily News, 1 May 2022 And the number was likely to rise again, Mike Roosevelt, deputy chief of Andover Fire and Rescue, said at a news conference on Saturday. New York Times, 30 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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17 May 2022

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“Deputy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deputy. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for deputy

deputy

noun
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

deputy

noun
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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