Definition of deputy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdepjuti//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdepjuti//
    (pl. deputies) Parliament, People in schools, The police
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  1. 1a 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 till the manager returns. the deputy head of a school See related entries: People in schools
  2. 2the name for a member of parliament in some countries See related entries: Parliament
  3. 3(in the US) a police officer who helps the sheriff of an area See related entries: The police
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French depute, from late Latin deputatus, past participle of deputare ‘consider to be, assign’, from de- ‘away’ + putare ‘consider’.Extra examples A new deputy has not yet been appointed. He was appointed deputy head of the school. She is acting as deputy to the chairman of the board. Three women were among the 77 deputies elected. a former deputy chairman of the Democratic Party
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