un·​der·​sec·​re·​tary | \ ˌən-dər-ˈse-krə-ˌter-ē How to pronounce undersecretary (audio) , -ˈse-kə-\
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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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Soliman Abdel-Gabar, acting undersecretary of health, reported Sunday night that at least seven people died during the day's disturbances. Anchorage Daily News, "At least 7 dead as Sudanese stage protests against army rule," 30 June 2019 The planned Space Force would become the sixth branch of the U.S. armed forces, though the initiative would start as part of the U.S. Air Force and under the control of a civilian undersecretary of the Air Force for space. Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY, "French President Emmanuel Macron announces creation of French space force," 26 June 2018 His choice of Arturo Herrera, a finance undersecretary, helped calm the markets’ nerves. The Economist, "Mexico’s finance minister falls out with its populist president," 11 July 2019 As the Cfius filing sat in limbo, Lisa Porter, the Defense Department’s deputy undersecretary for research and engineering, criticized AMD’s China deal in front of industry executives. Brian Spegele, WSJ, "How a Big U.S. Chip Maker Gave China the ‘Keys to the Kingdom’," 27 June 2019 Derek Kan, the Transportation Department’s undersecretary for policy, told a group of government researchers and transportation experts last month. Michael Laris, Washington Post, "Federal researchers are using data from Waze and Maryland to try to predict road dangers," 7 July 2018 Its undersecretary general of counterterrorism, Vladimir Voronkov, announced the conference at U.N. headquarters in New York. Jta Staff, sun-sentinel.com, "U.N. marks 25th anniversary of AMIA bombing, plans global conference," 25 June 2019 While federal judges bring their own clerks and cabinet secretaries their undersecretaries, Fed chiefs come alone. Greg Ip, WSJ, "The Fed Isn’t the Supreme Court. Thank Goodness," 27 Sep. 2018 The accord was signed in Beijing during a meeting between China's deputy minister for foreign affairs, Wang Chao, and the Vatican undersecretary for state relations, Monsignor Antoine Camilleri. Frances D'emilio, Fox News, "Vatican announces deal with China on bishop appointments," 22 Sep. 2018

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

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