- The process where an individual is designated the rank or role of a deputy
- When a person takes on the role or performs the duties of a deputy
- The sheriff decided to deputize a local resident to handle the increasing crimes in the neighborhood.
- During the manager's sudden absence, the assistant was required to deputize and handle the manager's responsibilities.
- To address the surge in calls, the station decided to deputize volunteers to assist the overstretched force.