To deputize(v.) is to appoint someone as a substitute, like a police deputy authorizing a civilian to make an arrest.

  • Pronunciation: / 'dɛpjutaɪz/
  • English description: appoint as a substitute
  • Synonyms: depute
  • Chinese Translation:   代理(dai4 li3)
  • Spanish Translation: suplir a alguien
  • ORIGIN: The original meaning refers to when a deputy would give some of their power to non-police officers. When deputized, you took on some of the power of a deputy to help the real deputy. Similarly, deputizing can refer to making anyone a substitute. A teacher can deputize a student by putting them in charge of the class. A boss can deputize an employee by asking them to organize a meeting. Deputizing empowers someone to do a job.


  • A statewide crackdown on illegal immigration once deputized local cops to double as immigration agents.
  • The changes would speed up enforcement and allow local public agencies to deputize staff to issue warnings and citations.

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