deputize deputize  /ˈdɛp jə ˌtaɪz/


  1. (v) act as a substitute
  2. (v) appoint as a substitute



  1. Walmsley then announced that he would deputize 10,000 citizens, arm them with shotguns if Long tried to steal the election under the guns of State troops.
  2. Captain Illingworth welcomes them, but he does not deputize even to radar his task of watching the sea.
  3. At the rally, scheduled for 10:30 on Saturday morning, he will deputize hundreds of people to amend the electoral process.



  1. "We do not deputize the American people to do the job that the federal government is supposed to do," Obama said.
    on Dec 4, 2007 By: Barack Obama Source: FOXNews

  2. "Michael Vaughan has made progress with his recovery from injury but his chances of being fully fit for this (Lord's) test are extremely doubtful and we feel the best course of action is to avoid any uncertainty and for Andrew Strauss to deputize...
    on May 13, 2007 By: David Graveney Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "We can deputize energy auditors and create an army of energy auditors," Baldacci said, to get the message out to the 473,000 households in Maine that they need to tighten up their homes for the coming winter.
    on Jul 23, 2008 By: John Baldacci Source: Brunswick Times Record

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