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verb[no object] chiefly Scottish
- She made her oath to the institution and the Scottish people in her mother tongue thus: "I, Maureen Watt, depone aat I wull be leal and bear ae fauld alleadgance tae her majesty Queen Elizabeth her airs an ony fa come aifter her anent the law."
- He deponed of the conditions in the condemned section (death row) of Luzira Prison, as follows:"The living conditions are extremely depressing."
- They were deponed to by a condemned prisoner as follows: "Because you spend so much time in your cell alone, you endlessly brood over your fate and it becomes very difficult, and for some people impossible, to cope with it all."
Late Middle English: from Latin deponere 'put down, (in medieval sense) testify', from de- 'down' + ponere 'to place'.
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