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deputize

verb
     
dep‧u‧tize also deputise British English
1 [intransitive] British English to do the work of someone of a higher rank than you for a short time because they are unable to do it
deputize for
Jed could deputise for Stewart, if necessary.
2 [transitive] American English to give someone below you in rank the authority to do your work for a short time, usually because you are unable to do it [↪ delegate]

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