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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 dep·u·ty n.; pl. Deputies
 1. One appointed as the substitute of another, and empowered to act for him, in his name or his behalf; a substitute in office; a lieutenant; a representative; a delegate; a vicegerent; as, the deputy of a prince, of a sheriff, of a township, etc.
    There was then [in the days of Jehoshaphat] no king in Edom; a deputy was king.   --1 Kings xxii. 47.
 God's substitute,
 His deputy anointed in His sight.   --Shak.
 Note:Deputy is used in combination with the names of various executive officers, to denote an assistant empowered to act in their name; as, deputy collector, deputy marshal, deputy sheriff.
 2. A member of the Chamber of Deputies. [France]
 Chamber of Deputies, one of the two branches of the French legislative assembly; -- formerly called Corps Législatif. Its members, called deputies, are elected by the people voting in districts.
 Syn: -- Substitute; representative; legate; delegate; envoy; agent; factor.