Definition of depute in English:


Line breaks: de¦pute


Pronunciation: /dɪˈpjuːt
[with object and infinitive]


Pronunciation: /ˈdɛpjuːt
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  • A person appointed to act in an official capacity or as a representative of another official: [as modifier]: a depute chairman
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    • A former depute procurator fiscal, welcomed news that ministers had ‘learned the lesson'.
    • Appointed depute clerk in 1996, she remained in Stromness until 1998, when her current duties became full time.
    • Principal deputes in the High Court can only keep pace with their workload by using the time spent on the daily train journey to and from work to attend to papers.


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

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