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Wednesday, December 23

Depute

[də-PYOOT]

Part of speech: verb

Origin: Late Middle English, unknown

1.

Appoint or instruct (someone) to perform a task for which one is responsible.

2.

Delegate (authority or a task).

Examples of Depute in a sentence

"The dean decided to depute the review process to the department head."

"He deputed the responsibility of answering emails to the secretary."

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About Depute

This word developed in Middle English via influence from French and Latin. The original Latin word "deputare" (consider to be; assign) came from the words "de" (away) and "putare" (consider).

Did you Know?

Do you need a word to describe someone who has been deputed a task? Call them a deputy. A deputy is a representative of an authority who has been delegated a task to complete — similar to how the word depute means delegating a task to an individual.

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