depute[dē pyo̵̅o̅t′, di-]
- to give (authority, functions, etc.) to someone else as deputy
- to appoint as one's substitute, agent, etc.
Origin: Middle English deputen ; from Old French deputer ; from Classical Latin deputare, to cut off, detach, hence depute ; from de-, from plush putare, literally , to cleanse, lop off: see pure
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transitive verb de·put·ed, de·put·ing, de·putes
- To appoint or authorize as an agent or a representative.
- To assign (authority or duties) to another; delegate.
Origin: Middle English deputen, from Old French deputer, from Late Latin dēputāre, to allot, from Latin, to consider : dē-, de- + putāre, to ponder; see pau-2 in Indo-European roots.