Definition of deputy noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    deputy

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//ˈdɛpyət̮i//
     
    (pl. deputies)
     
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  1. 1 a person who is the next most important person below a business manager, a head of a school, a political leader, etc. and who does the person's job when he or she is away I'm acting as deputy until the manager returns. the deputy editor of a magazine
  2. 2 a police officer who helps the sheriff of an area
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