Definition of deputize in English:


(also deputise)


  • 1 Temporarily act or speak on behalf of someone else:

    ‘the post-holder is required to deputize for the manager in their absence’
    • ‘I have every confidence in his ability to more than adequately deputise for the mayor if and when the occasion demands, and to prepare himself for the top mayoral honour which he seems destined to garner twelve months from now.’
    • ‘I have to deputise for the boss who is presently on study leave, take charge on the ward round, as well as teach today and then we have our usual Friday afternoon clinic.’
    • ‘He also proposed the appointment of deputy chief engineers who, though subordinate to the Chief Engineer, could deputise for him.’
    • ‘About 30 singers have been chosen to deputise for choristers who will be on holiday from the city's cathedral for a week next August.’
    • ‘Adrian will also deputise for Helen in her absence and will also lead on key major editorial projects, assigned by the Director of News.’
    • ‘He will report to the Editor in Chief, and will also deputise for him in his absence.’
    • ‘Next year, when new players will have to be signed to deputise for those away on World Cup duty, they could be on short-term contracts or even ‘pay as you go.’’
    • ‘He will now be more determined than ever to insist that, when his colleague departs, he will deputise for the first minister in every sense of the word.’
    • ‘You're the most experienced person in the team, so when I'm off can you deputise for me and go to the meetings’
    • ‘The fact that I was there deputising for the Mayor is neither here or there.’
    • ‘The experienced England coach will deputise for the skipper, who is taking a well-earned break in New York after helping his side avoid relegation.’
    • ‘A Government spokesperson, however, said the Minister appointed a replacement minister who was more than able to deputise for him.’
    • ‘One of his/her many functions will be to deputise for the Executive in his/her absence.’
    • ‘Danny is likely to deputise for him in the televised game.’
    • ‘He will chair five and deputise for the Prime Minister on seven of the 44 committees created yesterday.’
    stand in for, sit in for, fill in for, cover for, substitute for, replace, take the place of, understudy, be a locum for, relieve, take over from
    hold the fort, step into the breach
    act for, act on behalf of, speak on behalf of, represent
    sub for
    pinch-hit for
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    1. 1.1North American [with object] Make (someone) a deputy:
      ‘after an oath or two she was deputized’
      • ‘With orders from the council I can deputize anyone I choose during an emergency situation.’
      • ‘Dozens of these deputized officials were deployed soon after the expanded judicial system became operational.’
      • ‘If a justice required or requested a bodyguard, they were either provided with a federal marshal or a member of the Supreme Court Police was temporarily deputized as a marshal.’
      • ‘Hundreds of employees were deputized as quality stewards, while engineers were ordered to focus on quality during the design phase.’
      • ‘We're all going to be deputized first, as federal secret police.’
      • ‘Then, pointing to one of his comrades, he said, ‘He was even deputized by the governor of the state of Louisiana.’’
      • ‘In addition, about 1,250 officers from the surrounding states of Maryland and Virginia will be deputized and brought in to assist.’
      • ‘Flight deck officers are deputized as federal law enforcement officers; however, they differ from traditional officers in that their jurisdiction goes no further than the airplane flight deck.’
      • ‘He, and the theocrats who deputized him, have been working for twenty years to do exactly that.’
      • ‘I grabbed the nearest three people I could find and deputised them into my department.’
      • ‘I'm now giving you full rights to deputize anyone that you feel fit enough to help you in whatever way they can.’
      • ‘The Department of Homeland Security will train 50 state police officers and deputize them to enforce federal immigration laws.’
      • ‘The federal government lost no time in deputizing them.’
      • ‘A Special Master, deputized by a federal judge, could be in charge of making tough calls about what code gets excluded from the operating system.’
      • ‘First, as far as anyone could tell, no previous Minnesota secretary of state had ever recruited and deputized citizen observers in this manner.’
      • ‘Not only does he become a strikebreaker, but he is later deputized as a law-enforcement official.’
      • ‘The mayor is now asking officials to deputize state police.’
      • ‘So deputy sheriffs went out and deputized citizens.’
      • ‘As many as three full-time officers patrolled their 1,000-foot beat, but the town's police department deputized a handful of volunteer officers to offer more help.’
      • ‘Gather up and deputize anyone who can wield a sword or owns a gun.’