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1A person who is appointed to undertake the duties of a superior in the superior's absence:‘his deputy has been largely running the business for the past year’[as modifier] ‘the deputy prime minister’
assistantsubstitute, stand-in, acting, reserve, fill-in, caretaker, temporary, short-term, provisional, stopgap, surrogate, proxy, representativepro tempore, ad interimsecond-stringpinch-hittingexpedientialsecond in command, second, number two, subordinate, junior, auxiliary, adjutant, lieutenant, subaltern, assistant, personal assistant, pa, aide, helper, right-hand man, henchman, underlingsubstitute, stand-in, fill-in, relief, understudy, supplyrepresentative, surrogate, proxy, delegate, agent, spokesperson, ambassador, legatedeputelocum tenensvice, girl friday, man friday, sidekick, locum, tempView synonyms
- ‘Eleven years later he joined the board and was appointed deputy chairman in May 2000.’
- ‘Apart from being deputy premier he also held the portfolios of commerce and trade, small business and regional development.’
- ‘It was, however, recently reported that he had taken the unusual step of appointing a deputy.’
- ‘Last week he was appointed interim deputy leader of the party during the leadership race.’
- ‘He was later promoted brigadier, and made a deputy director of military intelligence.’
- ‘He also wants to bag the post of deputy chief minister for the party.’
- ‘He became deputy managing editor in December 1997.’
- ‘While I was a deputy mayor I laid a wreath on the war memorial.’
- ‘The deputy chairman's allowance has also been cut from £2,370 to nothing.’
- ‘The deputy superintendent urged all road users to comply with the laws in the interests of road safety.’
- ‘The vacancies at the top, with just two deputy commissioners managing the show, has slowed down the administration.’
- ‘Tomorrow I hand over the Principal Clerk's duties to my deputy.’
- ‘The report also recommended giving heads, deputies and assistant heads set time for management duties.’
- ‘The Government suspended 18 policemen, including two deputy commissioners of police, and two excise department officials.’
- ‘The Commissioner is assisted by a deputy commissioner and a number of directors and professional advisers.’
- ‘Since his health was poor, moreover, he appointed a deputy to perform most of the routine presidential duties.’
- ‘In May 1998, he was appointed deputy assistant commissioner with the Metropolitan Police.’
- ‘The National Railway Museum has appointed a new deputy head with a strong background in serving York's heritage.’
- ‘Lancashire's fire service has appointed a new deputy chief fire officer.’
- ‘He served as deputy assistant attorney general in the Antitrust Division.’
- 1.1 A parliamentary representative in certain countries:‘the communists had numbered 324 out of the 450 deputies’
- ‘Certain professions entailing privacy issues - such as priests, lawyers and parliamentary deputies - were excluded from the provisions of the law.’
- ‘The two parties will have a total of 306 deputies in the new parliament.’
- ‘As the protest continued three parliamentary deputies attempted to discuss the teachers' concerns.’
- ‘A total of 349 million people were eligible to vote for the 732 deputies of the European Parliament.’
- ‘Since then, they have had five deputies in the Parliament.’
- 1.2British A coal mine official responsible for safety.
- ‘He was a pit deputy at Redbrook colliery on the outskirts of Barnsley, in a different union.’
- ‘The general secretary of the pit deputies union said it was ironic British mineworkers were wanted in Australia.’
- ‘And last month the pit deputies union Nacods also reluctantly agreed to the deal, despite months of trying to negotiate a national agreement.’
- ‘The dockers went on strike in July and pit deputies in the union threatened to strike in October.’
- ‘Members of the pit deputies union were poised to stage the first of eight one-day strikes next Tuesday in a dispute over pay and conditions.’
Late Middle English: from Old French depute, from late Latin deputatus, past participle of deputare (see depute).
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