Definition of deputy in English:

deputy

noun

  • 1A person whose immediate superior is a senior figure within an organization and who is empowered to act as a substitute for this superior.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tomorrow I hand over the Principal Clerk's duties to my deputy.’
    • ‘The vacancies at the top, with just two deputy commissioners managing the show, has slowed down the administration.’
    • ‘Since his health was poor, moreover, he appointed a deputy to perform most of the routine presidential duties.’
    • ‘He served as deputy assistant attorney general in the Antitrust Division.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘While I was a deputy mayor I laid a wreath on the war memorial.’
    • ‘The National Railway Museum has appointed a new deputy head with a strong background in serving York's heritage.’
    • ‘The Commissioner is assisted by a deputy commissioner and a number of directors and professional advisers.’
    • ‘The deputy superintendent urged all road users to comply with the laws in the interests of road safety.’
    • ‘It was, however, recently reported that he had taken the unusual step of appointing a deputy.’
    • ‘He became deputy managing editor in December 1997.’
    • ‘The deputy chairman's allowance has also been cut from £2,370 to nothing.’
    • ‘Lancashire's fire service has appointed a new deputy chief fire officer.’
    • ‘Eleven years later he joined the board and was appointed deputy chairman in May 2000.’
    • ‘The Government suspended 18 policemen, including two deputy commissioners of police, and two excise department officials.’
    • ‘The report also recommended giving heads, deputies and assistant heads set time for management duties.’
    • ‘He also wants to bag the post of deputy chief minister for the party.’
    assistant
    substitute, stand-in, acting, reserve, fill-in, caretaker, temporary, short-term, provisional, stopgap, surrogate, proxy, representative
    pro tempore, ad interim
    second-string
    pinch-hitting
    expediential
    second in command, second, number two, subordinate, junior, auxiliary, adjutant, lieutenant, subaltern, assistant, personal assistant, pa, aide, helper, right-hand man, henchman, underling
    substitute, stand-in, fill-in, relief, understudy, supply
    representative, surrogate, proxy, delegate, agent, spokesperson, ambassador, legate
    depute
    locum tenens
    vice, girl friday, man friday, sidekick, locum, temp
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    1. 1.1A parliamentary representative in certain countries.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A total of 349 million people were eligible to vote for the 732 deputies of the European Parliament.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French depute, from late Latin deputatus, past participle of deputare (see depute).

Pronunciation:

deputy

/ˈdepyədē/