• WordNet 3.6
    • v depute give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)
    • v depute appoint as a substitute
    • v depute transfer power to someone
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Depute A person deputed; a deputy.
    • Depute To appoint as deputy or agent; to commission to act in one's place; to delegate. "There is no man deputed of the king to hear thee.""Some persons, deputed by a meeting."
    • Depute To appoint; to assign; to choose. "The most conspicuous places in cities are usually deputed for the erection of statues."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • depute To appoint as a substitute or agent; appoint and send with a special commission or authority to act in the name of a principal.
    • depute To set aside or apart; assign.
    • depute To assign to a deputy; transfer: as, he deputed his authority to a substitute.
    • depute To impute.
    • n depute A deputy: as, a sheriff depute or an advocate depute.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Depute de-pūt′ to appoint or send, as a substitute or agent: to send with a special commission: to make over one's powers to another
    • adj Depute in Scotland, appointed deputy (as in sheriff-depute—often called simply the depute)
    • v.i Depute to act as such
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. députer, fr. L. deputare, to esteem, consider, in LL., to destine, allot; de-, + putare, to clean, prune, clear up, set in order, reckon, think. See Pure


In literature:

Those of the deputation who spoke did so extremely well.
"Lady John Russell"
In October of the same year, Colonel Bouquet granted similar terms to another deputation of Shawnees, Delawares, &c., at Tuscarawas.
"Personal Memoirs Of A Residence Of Thirty Years With The Indian Tribes On The American Frontiers" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
A bottle of red wine and a medley of tinned things from home deputized in their absence.
"Bullets & Billets" by Bruce Bairnsfather
JAMES A. THOME, and JOSEPH H. KIMBALL, ESQ., were deputed to the West Indies to make the proper investigations.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 2 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
JAMES A. THOME, and JOSEPH H. KIMBALL, ESQ., were deputed to the West Indies to make the proper investigations.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus" by American Anti-Slavery Society
They immediately named a deputation to wait upon him for that purpose.
"Caleb Williams" by William Godwin
So they sent a deputation to him to protest against his action.
"Aesop's Fables" by Aesop
Deputations from them went to the House, and from the House to the army.
"Friends, though divided" by G. A. Henty
He goes to London as the representative of the local agricultural chamber; perhaps waits upon a Cabinet Minister as one of the deputation.
"Hodge and His Masters" by Richard Jefferies
A Roman deputation went to decide the quarrel; but the Gauls refused to obey its summons, and treated it with insolence.
"A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Volume I. of VI." by Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot

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.