depute
Pronunciation
  • Verb:
    • IPA: /dɪ.ˈpjuːt/
  • Noun:
    • IPA: /ˈdɛ.pjuːt/
Verb

depute (deputes, present participle deputing; past and past participle deputed)

  1. (obsolete) to assign (someone or something) to or for something
  2. to delegate (a task, etc.) to a subordinate
    • 2006, Clive James, North Face of Soho, Picador 2007, p. 229:
      Will Wyatt having moved up a notch, the project was deputed to a second team of producers whose judgement I didn't trust.
  3. to deputize (someone), appoint as deputy
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, 2 Samuel 15:3 ↗:
      There is no man deputed of the king to hear thee.
    • 1881, Thomas Babington Macaulay, “[https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Encyclop%C3%A6dia_Britannica,_Ninth_Edition/Johnson,_Samuel Samuel Johnson]”, in Encyclopædia Britannica, Ninth Edition:
      Some persons, deputed by a meeting.
  4. to appoint; to assign; to choose
    • c. 1675, Isaac Barrow, The Duty of Thanksgiving
      The most conspicuous places in cities are usually deputed for the erection of statues.
Noun

depute (plural deputes)

  1. (Scotland) deputy



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