Definition of depute in English:

depute

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Appoint or instruct (someone) to perform a task for which one is responsible.

    ‘she was deputed to look after him while Clare was away’
    • ‘All that the parents have to do is approach the organizers, who depute an experienced person to act as the ‘manager’ for the party.’
    • ‘Efforts should also be made to identify properly the agencies that depute the nurses.’
    • ‘The next day I was deputed to buy the machine in question, and of course it is terrific.’
    • ‘My newspaper, amongst the largest selling dailies in India, deputed me to accompany the team.’
    • ‘Suppose that a person is deputed to buy a substantial quantity of fireworks for a village fireworks display on Guy Fawkes night.’
    • ‘A first step towards strengthening this cooperation is by deputing youngsters for night patrolling to supplement the efforts of the police in preventing crime.’
    • ‘The village head deputes a guide to initiate the tourist in the delights of rustic living, like fishing and prawn culture.’
    • ‘The commissioner said he would ask the government to depute an officer to guide the horticulture department.’
    • ‘On his tours of England, one Australian official was exclusively deputed to answer his letters.’
    • ‘If they do not want to go out and meet anyone, someone may also be deputed to meet them.’
    • ‘A guide had been deputed to encourage the members to present their views, write essays and draw paintings.’
    • ‘A nurse was either deputed to do the job or took it on herself.’
    • ‘He is an effective focal point for the band of eight men who are deputed to find and rescue the Private after his three brothers have been killed in combat.’
    • ‘The school has an in-house doctor, deputed by the College, who constantly interacts with the children and keeps a watch on their health.’
    • ‘Indeed, I can recall occasions when half a dozen of the heftier members of the Council were deputed to escort a minister into and out of the hall.’
    • ‘As it is, more than ten Home Guards and traffic police have been deputed to manage traffic around the flyover.’
    • ‘Three sanitary workers have been deputed to keep the surroundings clean.’
    • ‘Health activists, doctors and nurses should be deputed in every village and town to provide medicines to those affected by the disease and prevent it from spreading.’
    • ‘It so happened that I had fallen sick, and therefore I deputed him to some places to perform ceremonies.’
    • ‘A Range Forest Officer is deputed to inspect each tree that the applicant has indicated, and then, after ensuring that at least two saplings are planted for the tree to be felled, permission is granted.’
    appoint, designate, nominate, assign, commission, charge, choose, select, elect, co-opt
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    1. 1.1[with object]Delegate (authority or a task).
      • ‘Did the master's mate further depute the job to a young seaman whom he knew to be literate?’
      • ‘I have never wanted to depute the work to someone else as long as I was on the place myself.’
      • ‘So a simple mode to acquire around this is to depute the task to somebody who is skilled in it.’
      • ‘"I shall depute the task to a worthy fellow named Willis, in whom I shall have every confidence."’
      • ‘I begged him to publish his discovery, but he preferred to depute the task to me.’

noun

Scottish
  • A person appointed to act in an official capacity or as a representative of another official.

    [as modifier] ‘a depute chairman’
    • ‘Principal deputes in the High Court can only keep pace with their workload by using the time spent on the daily train journey to and from work to attend to papers.’
    • ‘When he became a depute head in the city's Castlemilk district he was eager to take the idea further and received backing from his headteacher, only to be shouted down by other teachers.’
    • ‘Appointed depute clerk in 1996, she remained in Stromness until 1998, when her current duties became full time.’
    • ‘A former depute procurator fiscal, welcomed news that ministers had ‘learned the lesson'.’
    • ‘The depute headmistress wants to know what I want to know.’
    second in command, second, number two, subordinate, junior, auxiliary, adjutant, lieutenant, subaltern, assistant, personal assistant, pa, aide, helper, right-hand man, henchman, underling
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Origin

Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin deputare consider to be, assign, from de- away + putare consider.

Pronunciation:

depute

/ˈdɛpjuːt/