One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person whose immediate superior is a senior figure within an organization and who is empowered to act as a substitute for this superior.
second in command, second, number two, subordinate, junior, auxiliary, adjutant, lieutenant, subaltern, assistant, personal assistant, pa, aide, helper, right-hand man, henchman, underlingassistantView synonyms
- ‘Since his health was poor, moreover, he appointed a deputy to perform most of the routine presidential duties.’
- ‘The Government suspended 18 policemen, including two deputy commissioners of police, and two excise department officials.’
- ‘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 deputy superintendent urged all road users to comply with the laws in the interests of road safety.’
- ‘The National Railway Museum has appointed a new deputy head with a strong background in serving York's heritage.’
- ‘He served as deputy assistant attorney general in the Antitrust Division.’
- ‘Apart from being deputy premier he also held the portfolios of commerce and trade, small business and regional development.’
- ‘In May 1998, he was appointed deputy assistant commissioner with the Metropolitan Police.’
- ‘He also wants to bag the post of deputy chief minister for the party.’
- ‘The deputy chairman's allowance has also been cut from £2,370 to nothing.’
- ‘He became deputy managing editor in December 1997.’
- ‘Lancashire's fire service has appointed a new deputy chief fire officer.’
- ‘The Commissioner is assisted by a deputy commissioner and a number of directors and professional advisers.’
- ‘It was, however, recently reported that he had taken the unusual step of appointing a deputy.’
- ‘The report also recommended giving heads, deputies and assistant heads set time for management duties.’
- ‘While I was a deputy mayor I laid a wreath on the war memorial.’
- ‘Eleven years later he joined the board and was appointed deputy chairman in May 2000.’
- ‘He was later promoted brigadier, and made a deputy director of military intelligence.’
- ‘Last week he was appointed interim deputy leader of the party during the leadership race.’
- 1.1 A parliamentary representative in certain countries.
- ‘As the protest continued three parliamentary deputies attempted to discuss the teachers' concerns.’
- ‘The two parties will have a total of 306 deputies in the new parliament.’
- ‘A total of 349 million people were eligible to vote for the 732 deputies of the European Parliament.’
- ‘Certain professions entailing privacy issues - such as priests, lawyers and parliamentary deputies - were excluded from the provisions of the law.’
- ‘Since then, they have had five deputies in the Parliament.’
historical Instructing another person to act in one's stead; by proxy.‘the wardens of the forests performed important duties by deputy’
- ‘These clerks were appointed by patent for life, and were allowed to perform their duties by deputy.’
- ‘Either of these dignities was often conferred by way of compliment on the emperor, who usually discharged its duties by deputy.’
- ‘Colonial offices were often granted to men who had obligations and duties in England, who had no intention of leaving England, and who performed their colonial duties by deputy.’
- ‘The Registrar shall discharge such duties in respect of examinations as may be delegated to him by the Senate and he may perform these duties by deputy.’
- ‘At that time the office was granted to the chancellor of England, who executed the duties by deputy.’
Late Middle English: from Old French depute, from late Latin deputatus, past participle of deputare (see depute).
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