Definition of deputy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdepyədē/

noun (plural deputies)

1A person whose immediate superior is a senior figure within an organization and who is empowered to act as a substitute for this superior.
Example sentences
  • Tomorrow I hand over the Principal Clerk's duties to my deputy.
  • The National Railway Museum has appointed a new deputy head with a strong background in serving York's heritage.
  • In May 1998, he was appointed deputy assistant commissioner with the Metropolitan Police.
second, second-in-command, number two;
informal sidekick, locum, body man
assistant, substitute, stand-in, acting, reserve, fill-in, caretaker, temporary, provisional, stopgap, surrogate, interim
informal second-string
1.1A parliamentary representative in certain countries.
Example sentences
  • Certain professions entailing privacy issues - such as priests, lawyers and parliamentary deputies - were excluded from the provisions of the law.
  • A total of 349 million people were eligible to vote for the 732 deputies of the European Parliament.
  • As the protest continued three parliamentary deputies attempted to discuss the teachers' concerns.


by deputy

historical Instructing another person to act in one’s stead; by proxy: the wardens of the forests performed important duties by deputy
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  • These clerks were appointed by patent for life, and were allowed to perform their duties by deputy.
  • The Registrar shall discharge such duties in respect of examinations as may be delegated to him by the Senate and he may perform these duties by deputy.
  • Colonial offices were often granted to men who had obligations and duties in England, who had no intention of leaving England, and who performed their colonial duties by deputy.



Pronunciation: /-ˌSHip/
Example sentences
  • Formal request for resignation from a deputyship is dependent on the approval of the Parliamentary General Assembly.
  • The deputyship presented an objection on the release sentence, the court accepted it and issued its sentence to call off the release.
  • Moreover, our clients are persons who were occupied or are still occupied with politics and hold public deputyships.


Late Middle English: from Old French depute, from late Latin deputatus, past participle of deputare (see depute).

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Syllabification: dep·u·ty

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