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[dep-yuh-tahyz] /ˈdɛp yəˌtaɪz/
verb (used with object), deputized, deputizing.
to appoint as deputy.
verb (used without object), deputized, deputizing.
to act as a deputy; substitute.
Also, especially British, deputise.
Origin of deputize
1720-30; deput(y) + -ize
Related forms
deputization, noun
de-deputize, verb (used with object), de-deputized, de-deputizing.
undeputized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for deputize
  • We could deputize some students with a video camera to sit on a group of corners and capture video of stop sign rolling offenders.
  • The agreement to deputize officers federally is usually entered into only with state agencies.
  • In addition, county clerks should be able to deputize people for registration purposes.
  • Town clerks may deputize agents for the issuance of licenses.
British Dictionary definitions for deputize


to appoint or act as deputy
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Word Origin and History for deputize

1730s; see deputy + -ize. Related: Deputized; deputizing.

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