depute (verb) – to delegate a task or function; to appoint as a representative or deputy
BREAKDOWN: DE- (from) + PUT- (consider)
— a deputy is a person appointed or authorized to act on behalf of another; a proxy, lieutenant, or second-in-command
— to deputize is to empower someone or make someone a deputy
This word is built on the root PUT-, which means to cut or prune or to think or consider.
Common PUT- words include amputate, computer, deputy, and reputation.
More esoteric PUT- words include deputation and imputable.