• WordNet 3.6
    • n deputation authorizing subordinates to make certain decisions
    • n deputation a group of representatives or delegates
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Deputation The act of deputing, or of appointing or commissioning a deputy or representative; office of a deputy or delegate; vicegerency. "The authority of conscience stands founded upon its vicegerency and deputation under God."
    • Deputation The person or persons deputed or commissioned by another person, party, or public body to act in his or its behalf; delegation; as, the general sent a deputation to the enemy to propose a truce. "Say to great Cæsar this: In deputation I kiss his conquering hand."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n deputation Appointment or authority to represent or act for another or others.
    • n deputation The person or persons authorized to represent or act for another or others: as, the local societies were represented by large deputations.
    • n deputation In Eng. forestry law, formerly, a license conferring the rights of a gamekeeper. See the extracts.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Deputation act of deputing: the person or persons deputed or appointed to transact business for another: persons sent to state a case before a government official
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. députation,. See Depute
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. deputāre, to cut off, (late) to select.


In literature:

It is useless to receive a deputation (say, upon Eight Hours' Day legislation) unless you "mean business" in that matter.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 102, June 18, 1892" by Various
A deputation was sent, bearing the invitation; but for a while William hesitated in giving an affirmative reply.
"History of Holland" by George Edmundson
It would never prove that what it terminated in was a fact, as in my metaphysical faith I had deputed and asserted it to be.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
The Reform Committee met to consider this proposal, and after long discussion decided to send a deputation to Pretoria.
"A Woman's Part in a Revolution" by Natalie Harris Hammond
This Draft was constructed out of the Pretoria Convention with such alterations as were designed to make it acceptable to the Deputation.
"A Century of Wrong" by F. W. Reitz
His son, Manikus, was deputed by Dingan, Chaka's successor, to drive out the Portuguese.
"The Negro" by W.E.B. Du Bois
The deputation had been gone a month, when the prince was assassinated on the tenth of July.
"The Life of the Truly Eminent and Learned Hugo Grotius" by Jean Lévesque de Burigny
Mr. Cooper and Mr. Watt had been deputed from Manchester to the Jacobins.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. V. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
They held their place neither by deputation from the sovereign, nor by election of the people.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 13, No. 79, May, 1864" by Various
In the meantime two deputations had been sent to England, representing the Boers' case against annexation.
"The Transvaal from Within" by J. P. Fitzpatrick

In poetry:

I offered him a county seat,
And made no end of an oration;
I made it certainty complete,
And introduced the deputation.
"The Folly of Brown -" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Yes, the Home Secretary of the present day,
Against working women's deputations, has always said- nay;
Because they haven't got the parliamentary Franchise-,
That is the reason why he does them despise.
"Women's Suffrage" by William Topaz McGonagall
And as for the working women, many are driven to the point of starvation,
All through the tendency of the legislation;
Besides, upon members of parliament they have no claim
As a deputation, which is a very great shame.
"Women's Suffrage" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

To do that, she must be deputized twice, attend redundant training and spend hours delivering the registration slips in person to the right officials, thanks.
Mayor Bloomberg might want to deputize comedienne Cloris Leachman for his war on cigarettes.
At 11½ he was able to deputize for Neefe.
Sheriff Keith Royal says Deputes went to a home in southern Nevada County to a report of a woman with a gun.
Community council voted unanimously Tuesday in favour of a six-storey condo in the Beach where Lick 's hamburger restaurant now stands, after four hours of mostly negative deputations from residents.
Horse-racing fans are mourning the death of Deputed Testamony, winner of the 1983 Preakness Stakes.
Stare 's relationship with the St Louis Symphony "really solidified," he said, in April 2009, when Robertson deputized him at the eleventh hour to conduct a performance of Austrian composer H K Gruber's "Frankenstein".
For fifty years the hero of Ghost Town at Great Escape, formerly known as Storytown U.S.A. Deputized children from all over the world.
In the 19th century, critics railed against demoralize, deputize, and Americanize, words in which -ize now goes unnoticed.
One in Texas requires those who register voters to be deputized and undergo training.
Dwayne Lawrence Depute, Columbus Wayne Norment killed.