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[duh-pyoot] /dəˈpyut/
verb (used with object), deputed, deputing.
to appoint as one's substitute, representative, or agent.
to assign (authority, a function, etc.) to a deputy.
Origin of depute
1350-1400; Middle English deputen < Anglo-French, Old French deputer to assign < Late Latin dēputāre to allot, Latin: to consider, equivalent to dē- de- + putāre to think
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[dep-yuh-tuh-buh l, duh-pyoo-] /ˈdɛp yə tə bəl, dəˈpyu-/ (Show IPA),
undeputed, adjective Unabridged
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  • The hull place is full o' cabs with cash registers on em an' red flags to show folks it s danger ous to depute the fire.
  • Sheriff may depute an inhabitant of town to serve execution issued by state treasurer against selectmen.
British Dictionary definitions for depute


verb (transitive) (dɪˈpjuːt)
to appoint as an agent, substitute, or representative
to assign or transfer (authority, duties, etc) to a deputy; delegate
noun (ˈdɛpjuːt)
  1. a deputy
  2. (as modifier; usually postpositive): sheriff depute
Word Origin
C15: from Old French deputer, from Late Latin dēputāre to assign, allot, from Latin de- + putāre to think, consider
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Word Origin and History for depute

mid-14c., "to appoint, assign," from Middle French deputer, from Late Latin deputare "destine, allot" (see deputy). Related: Deputed; deputing.

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