- to give (authority, functions, etc.) to someone else as deputy
- to appoint as one's substitute, agent, etc.
Origin of deputeMiddle English deputen ; from Old French deputer ; from Classical Latin deputare, to cut off, detach, hence depute ; from de-, from + putare, literally , to cleanse, lop off: see pure
transitive verbde·put·ed, de·put·ing, de·putes
- To appoint or authorize as an agent or representative.
- To assign (authority or duties) to another; delegate.
Origin of deputeMiddle English deputen, from Old French deputer, from Late Latin d&emacron;putare, to allot, from Latin, to consider : d&emacron;-, de- + putare, to ponder; see pau-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present deputes, present participle deputing, simple past and past participle deputed)