Definition of undersecretary in English:



  • A subordinate official, in particular (in the UK) a junior minister or senior civil servant, or (in the US) the principal assistant to a member of the cabinet.

    • ‘He's the undersecretary for border and transportation security.’
    • ‘At 36, he served as assistant secretary of the Treasury and eventually became the first undersecretary of enforcement.’
    • ‘But she's concerned about a lack of funding for the undersecretary's office.’
    • ‘At present, all Cabinet Ministers have several undersecretaries who are paid money on top of their remuneration as MPs.’
    • ‘The undersecretaries operate in individual portfolios - they're not just undersecretaries for the prime minister in general.’
    • ‘He is the deputy assistant secretary - undersecretary for intelligence.’
    • ‘This guy works in the Pentagon as a deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence.’
    • ‘His reward was a post as undersecretary in the Foreign Ministry.’
    • ‘The difference between congressional testimony from an undersecretary of defense and a major speech by the president of the United States is incalculable.’
    • ‘The undersecretary brightened and even smiled.’
    • ‘She was an undersecretary in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.’
    • ‘Congratulations on being designated the next undersecretary of state for public diplomacy.’
    • ‘There is one female ambassador and two female undersecretaries; however, no female judges or prosecutors’
    • ‘Babe, why are you wasting your time with an assistant to a deputy secretary, when you could be with me, a deputy assistant undersecretary?’
    • ‘The centerpiece of the Pentagon's campaign was the recent creation of a new undersecretary of defense for intelligence.’
    • ‘After other parents had made similar allegations, the local member of parliament persuaded the undersecretary of state for health in the House of Lords that a government inquiry was required.’
    • ‘Cabinet secretaries are undoubtedly senior, and some reporters extend the title to their deputies and undersecretaries.’
    member of the government, political leader, cabinet minister, secretary of state, secretary, department head, privy counsellor, politician
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