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See also: députe and député



From French députer, from Latin deputo.



depute (third-person singular simple present deputes, present participle deputing, simple 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), to appoint as deputy.
    • Bible 2. Sam. xv. 3
      There is no man deputed of the king to hear thee.
    • Macaulay
      Some persons, deputed by a meeting.
  4. To appoint; to assign; to choose.
    • Barrow
      The most conspicuous places in cities are usually deputed for the erection of statues.


depute (plural deputes)

  1. (Scotland) Deputy.