Definition of depute in US English:



  • 1with object and infinitive Appoint or instruct (someone) to perform a task for which one is responsible.

    ‘she had been deputed to look after him while Clarissa was away’
    • ‘It so happened that I had fallen sick, and therefore I deputed him to some places to perform ceremonies.’
    • ‘If they do not want to go out and meet anyone, someone may also be deputed to meet them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The school has an in-house doctor, deputed by the College, who constantly interacts with the children and keeps a watch on their health.’
    • ‘As it is, more than ten Home Guards and traffic police have been deputed to manage traffic around the flyover.’
    • ‘The village head deputes a guide to initiate the tourist in the delights of rustic living, like fishing and prawn culture.’
    • ‘Three sanitary workers have been deputed to keep the surroundings clean.’
    • ‘My newspaper, amongst the largest selling dailies in India, deputed me to accompany the team.’
    • ‘Efforts should also be made to identify properly the agencies that depute the nurses.’
    • ‘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 commissioner said he would ask the government to depute an officer to guide the horticulture department.’
    • ‘A first step towards strengthening this cooperation is by deputing youngsters for night patrolling to supplement the efforts of the police in preventing crime.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Suppose that a person is deputed to buy a substantial quantity of fireworks for a village fireworks display on Guy Fawkes night.’
    • ‘All that the parents have to do is approach the organizers, who depute an experienced person to act as the ‘manager’ for the party.’
    • ‘A nurse was either deputed to do the job or took it on herself.’
    • ‘The next day I was deputed to buy the machine in question, and of course it is terrific.’
    • ‘A guide had been deputed to encourage the members to present their views, write essays and draw paintings.’
    • ‘On his tours of England, one Australian official was exclusively deputed to answer his letters.’
    appoint, designate, nominate, assign, commission, charge, choose, select, elect, co-opt
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    1. 1.1 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 begged him to publish his discovery, but he preferred to depute the task to me.’
      • ‘So a simple mode to acquire around this is to depute the task to somebody who is skilled in it.’
      • ‘I have never wanted to depute the work to someone else as long as I was on the place myself.’
      • ‘"I shall depute the task to a worthy fellow named Willis, in whom I shall have every confidence."’
      delegate, transfer, turn over, hand over, hand on, pass on, consign, assign, entrust, give, devolve
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Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin deputare ‘consider to be, assign’, from de- ‘away’ + putare ‘consider’.