Meaning of “deputy” in the English Dictionary

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"deputy" in British English

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deputynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈdep.jə.ti/ us /ˈdep.jə.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/sheriff
UK She's deputy (head) of a large North London school.

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  • She has been promoted from deputy manager to senior manager.
  • The party leader is an extreme left-winger, but her deputy is more moderate in her views.
  • The mayor and her deputy locked horns over plans for the new road.
  • She's the nominal head of our college - the real work is done by her deputy.
  • The contest for deputy leadership of the party is gathering speed.

(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 act instead 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 /ˈdepjəti/ us

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 bureau chief.
You will be required to act as deputy in the Sales Manager's absence.

(Definition of “deputy” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)