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noun [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 large North London school.
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