deputy

[dep-yuh-tee]
noun, plural deputies.
1.
a person appointed or authorized to act as a substitute for another or others.
3.
a person appointed or elected as assistant to a public official, serving as successor in the event of a vacancy.
4.
a person representing a constituency in certain legislative bodies.
adjective
5.
appointed, elected, or serving as an assistant or second-in-command.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English depute < Old French, noun use of past participle of deputer to depute

deputyship, noun
subdeputy, noun, plural subdeputies.


1. agent, representative, surrogate, envoy, emissary, proxy.
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deputy (ˈdɛpjʊtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  a.  a person appointed to act on behalf of or represent another
 b.  (as modifier): the deputy chairman
2.  a member of the legislative assembly or of the lower chamber of the legislature in various countries, such as France
3.  (Brit) mining another word for fireman
 
[C16: from Old French depute, from deputer to appoint; see depute]

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deputy
c.1400, "one given the full power of an officer without holding the office," from Anglo-Fr. depute, noun use of pp. of M.Fr. deputer "appoint, assign," from L.L. deputare "to destine, allot," from L. deputare "consider as," from de- "away" + putare "to think, count, consider," lit. "to cut, prune" (see
pave). Related: Deputize (1730s).
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Deputy definition


in 1 Kings 22:47, means a prefect; one set over others. The same Hebrew word is rendered "officer;" i.e., chief of the commissariat appointed by Solomon (1 Kings 4:5, etc.). In Esther 8:9; 9:3 (R.V., "governor") it denotes a Persian prefect "on this side" i.e., in the region west of the Euphrates. It is the modern word _pasha_. In Acts 13:7, 8, 12; 18:12, it denotes a proconsul; i.e., the governor of a Roman province holding his appointment from the senate. The Roman provinces were of two kinds, (1) senatorial and (2) imperial. The appointment of a governor to the former was in the hands of the senate, and he bore the title of proconsul (Gr. anthupatos). The appointment of a governor to the latter was in the hands of the emperor, and he bore the title of propraetor (Gr. antistrategos).

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Example sentences
So far he has pointedly refrained from the customary naming of a second deputy
  prime minister.
He got a meeting with a deputy director, but not approval for a bureau badge.
If anyone knows about the need to avoid even the appearance of conflict, it's
  the deputy secretary.
He took it across the street to a deputy sheriff's house.
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