n. pl. dep·u·ties
1. A person who is appointed or empowered to act for another.
2. An assistant exercising full authority in the absence of their superior and exercising equal authority in emergencies: a deputy to the sheriff.
3. A representative in a legislative body in certain countries.
[Middle English depute, from Old French, from past participle of deputer, to depute; see DEPUTE.]
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