noun (plural deputies)
- 1A person who is appointed to undertake the duties of a superior in the superior’s absence: his deputy has been largely running the business for the past year [as modifier]: the deputy prime ministerMore example sentences
second in command, second, number two, subordinate, junior, auxiliary, adjutant, lieutenant, subaltern, assistant, personal assistant, PA, aide, helper, right-hand man, henchman, underling; substitute, stand-in, fill-in, relief, understudy, supply; representative, surrogate, proxy, delegate, agent, spokesperson, ambassador, legate; Scottish depute; Latin locum tenensassistant; substitute, stand-in, acting, reserve, fill-in, caretaker, temporary, short-term, provisional, stopgap, surrogate, proxy, representative; Latin pro tempore, ad interim• informal second-stringNorth American • informal pinch-hitting• rare expediential
- 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.
- 1.1A parliamentary representative in certain countries: the communists had numbered 324 out of the 450 deputiesMore 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.
- 1.2British A coal mine official responsible for safety.More example sentences
- The general secretary of the pit deputies union said it was ironic British mineworkers were wanted in Australia.
- The dockers went on strike in July and pit deputies in the union threatened to strike in October.
- He was a pit deputy at Redbrook colliery on the outskirts of Barnsley, in a different union.
- • historical Instructing another person to act in one’s stead; by proxy: the wardens of the forests performed important duties by deputyMore example sentences
- 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.
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- 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).