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English definition of “deputize”

deputize

verb     /ˈdepjutaɪz/ (UK also deputise)
[T] to choose someone to officially speak or act in your place or for a particular purpose: deputize sb to do sth The administration made a formal request to the Attorney General's Office to deputize an agency lawyer to handle all animal rights cases.
[I] to act or speak for another person, especially at work: I was asked to deputize for the Head of Administrative Law in a meeting.
(Definition of deputize verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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