Definition of depute in English:


Syllabification: de·pute
Pronunciation: /dəˈpyo͞ot


[with object]
1Appoint or instruct (someone) to perform a task for which one is responsible: she had been deputed to look after him while Clarissa was away
More example sentences
  • It so happened that I had fallen sick, and therefore I deputed him to some places to perform ceremonies.
  • On his tours of England, one Australian official was exclusively deputed to answer his letters.
  • All that the parents have to do is approach the organizers, who depute an experienced person to act as the ‘manager’ for the party.
1.1Delegate (authority or a task).
More example sentences
  • I begged him to publish his discovery, but he preferred to depute the task to me.
  • "I shall depute the task to a worthy fellow named Willis, in whom I shall have every confidence."
  • So a simple mode to acquire around this is to depute the task to somebody who is skilled in it.


late Middle English: via Old French from Latin deputare 'consider to be, assign', from de- 'away'+ putare 'think over, consider'.

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