deputise

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v deputise appoint as a substitute
    • v deputise act as a substitute "She stood in for the soprano who suffered from a cold"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Deputise to appoint as deputy
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. deputāre, to cut off, (late) to select.

Usage

In literature:

She remembered that she was in reality deputising for her mother, who would never have talked about the Circus.
"The Cathedral" by Sir Hugh Walpole
Joanna carved the turkeys, refusing to deputise either to Martin or to Alce.
"Joanna Godden" by Sheila Kaye-Smith
I was bound to let the old lady have a hand in it, to show off, so I deputised her to brew the tea.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 17 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
I was deputised to inform you of Gerald's deception, but, thank Heaven!
"Pride" by Eugène Sue
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