UK [ˈdepjʊtaɪz] / US [ˈdepjəˌtaɪz] verb [intransitive]
Word forms "deputize":
present tense I/you/we/they deputize he/she/it deputizes present participle deputizing past tense deputized past participle deputized
to temporarily do the work of someone more senior than you

You'll be deputizing for the manager while she's on holiday.

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  • deputize — UK US /ˈdepjutaɪz/ verb (UK also deputise) ► [T] to choose someone to officially speak or act in your place or for a particular purpose: deputize sb to do sth »The administration made a formal request to the Attorney General s Office to deputize… …   Financial and business terms

  • deputize — dep·u·tize / de pyə ˌtīz/ vb tized, tiz·ing vt: to appoint as deputy vi: to act as deputy Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • deputize — dep u*tize (d[e^]p [ u]*t[imac]z), v. t. To appoint as one s deputy; to empower to act in one s stead; to appoint as one s substitute; to depute. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • deputize — 1730s; see DEPUTY (Cf. deputy) + IZE (Cf. ize). Related: Deputized; deputizing …   Etymology dictionary

  • deputize — (Amer.) dep·u·tize || depjÊŠtaɪz v. appoint a deputy, appoint a representative; act as a deputy, act as a representative (also deputise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • deputize — [v] appoint as a deputy assign, authorize, commission, consign, delegate, depute, entrust, mandate; concept 50 …   New thesaurus

  • deputize — ► VERB ▪ temporarily act on behalf of someone else …   English terms dictionary

  • deputize — [dep′yo͞o tīz΄, dep′yətīz΄] vt. deputized, deputizing to appoint as deputy vi. to act as deputy deputization n …   English World dictionary

  • deputize — v. 1) (esp. AE) (D; tr.) ( to appoint ) to deputize as (he deputized me as his assistant) 2) (BE) (D; intr.) to deputize for ( to replace ) (to deputize for smb. as secretary) 3) (AE) (H) ( to appoint as deputy ) to deputize smb. to do smt. * * * …   Combinatory dictionary

  • deputize — [[t]de̱pjʊtaɪz[/t]] deputizes, deputizing, deputized VERB If you deputize for someone, you do something on their behalf, for example attend a meeting. [V for n] It was some time before I became skilful enough to deputise for him in the kitchen …   English dictionary

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