undersecretary

noun
un·der·sec·re·tary | \ ˌən-dər-ˈse-krə-ˌter-ē , -ˈse-kə- \
variants: or under secretary

Definition of undersecretary 

: a secretary immediately subordinate to a principal secretary often capitalized when used as a title the British Undersecretary for Indiathe Under Secretary of the Treasury

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Bolton, a former undersecretary of State and ambassador to the U.N., can evince an avuncular, Muppet-like quality, with his overgrown eyebrows and Yosemite Sam mustache. Abigail Tracy, The Hive, "“Acerbic, Condescending, Gruff, Demeaning”: Will John Bolton Become Trump’s Warmonger Rasputin, or Just His Next Mooch?," 30 Mar. 2018 Sigal Mandelker, Treasury’s undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said in a statement. Fortune, "U.S. Charges 9 Iranians for Hacking Companies to Steal $3.4 Billion in Trade Secrets," 23 Mar. 2018 The embassy was bombarded by phone calls thanking South Koreans, Korea's Yonhap news agency said, including one from Mexico's undersecretary for foreign affairs. Afp, chicagotribune.com, "'We are all Koreans;' Mexico fans mob Korean embassy after World Cup victory," 28 June 2018 The communication from Christopher Krebs, acting undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security's National Protection and Programs Directorate, was sent to U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Telecom spying devices found near White House, other DC-area sites, DHS official says," 2 June 2018 Tauscher is a former congresswoman and undersecretary of State for the Obama administration. Calley Cederlof, USA TODAY, "An Oscar-winning movie has inspired this California anti-Rep. Devin Nunes campaign," 22 May 2018 The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee agreed on voice vote Tuesday to back Robert Wilkie, currently a Pentagon undersecretary. Fox News, "Robert Wilkie approved by Senate panel to lead troubled VA," 10 July 2018 The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee agreed on voice vote to back Robert Wilkie, currently serving as a Pentagon undersecretary. Hope Yen, The Seattle Times, "Senate panel OKs Trump’s pick to lead troubled VA," 10 July 2018 Wilkie, a former Pentagon undersecretary for personnel and readiness, has led the agency since Trump fired David Shulkin two months ago amid an ethics scandal and mounting rebellion within the department. BostonGlobe.com, "Trump to nominate acting VA secretary to become its permanent leader," 18 May 2018

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undersecretary

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English Language Learners Definition of undersecretary

: a high-ranking government official who serves under a department secretary or other high official

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