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"deputy" in British English

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deputynoun [C]

uk   /ˈdep.jʊ.ti/  us   /-t̬i/
C1 a ​person who is given the ​power to do something ​instead of another ​person, or the ​person whose ​rank is ​immediately below that of the ​leader of an ​organization: I'd like you to ​meet Ann Gregory, my deputy. I'm acting as deputy while the ​boss is away. the deputy ​director/​editor/​sheriffUK She's deputy (​head) of a ​largeNorth London ​school.

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(Definition of deputy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"deputy" in American English

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deputynoun [C]

 us   /ˈdep·jə·t̬i/
a ​person who is given the ​power to ​actinstead of, or to ​help do the ​work of, another ​person: a deputy ​chairman the deputy ​editor a sheriff’s deputy
(Definition of deputy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"deputy" in Business English

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deputynoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈdepjəti/
a ​person whose ​rank is immediately below that of the ​head of an ​organization or a ​department, and who is in ​charge when the ​head is not there: He was ​appointed to the Paris ​office, ​serving as deputy to the ​bureauchief. You will be ​required to act as deputy in the Sales Manager's ​absence. deputy ​chairman/​director
(Definition of deputy from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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