Definition of


  1. (verb, social) give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)
  2. (verb, social) appoint as a substitute
  3. (verb, social) transfer power to someone

via WordNet, Princeton University

Synonyms of Depute

assign, delegate, deputise, deputize, designate

Origin of the word Depute

  1. late 14c., from Fr. d?puter (14c.), from L.L. deputare (see deputy). Related: Deputed. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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