Definition of proxy
1 : the agency, function, or office of a deputy who acts as a substitute for another
2a : authority or power to act for anotherb : a document giving such authority; specifically : a power of attorney authorizing a specified person to vote corporate stock
3 : a person authorized to act for another : procurator
Examples of proxy in a Sentence
Since I wouldn't be available to vote, I nominated him to act as my proxy.
sent a proxy to the meeting to cast his vote for him
Recent Examples of proxy from the Web
Using a magnetic resonance scanner, a noninvasive instrument that can peer deeply inside the body, the scientists measured the amount of fat in each bird before and after the 2-hour flight test—a proxy for how much energy the birds spent.
As part of the work, the team also evaluated whether a proxy for flying ability—the ratio of a bird’s wing length to its width—had an effect.
Australian legislators finally voted to change the rules, allowing new mothers to breastfeed in the chamber and not to have to cast their votes by way of proxy.
In the summer of 2016, Tim Canova was the South Florida proxy for the dying embers of Bernie Sanders’ presidential bid.
Shares in T-Mobile, on the other hand, have jumped about 11 percent since the Dec. 31 price used in its proxy to value the parachutes.
Hezbollah has long been allied with Iran and are fighting in Syria as Iranian proxies.
The greatest damage has already been done, and that is the shattering of beloved myths and comforting relationships by the proxy of television and nostalgia.
The U.S. oil-rig count typically is viewed as a proxy for activity in the sector.
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Proxies and Proxy Servers
Proxy comes from a contracted form of the Middle English word procuracie (meaning “procuration”). A proxy may refer to a person who is authorized to act for another or it may designate the function or authority of serving in another’s stead. In the latter sense, it generally is preceded by the word by (“vote by proxy”).
Proxy has recently taken on meanings in computing, where it is found in such phrases as proxy server, a computer system that facilitates the exchange of data between users on a network.
Origin and Etymology of proxy
Middle English proxi, procucie, contraction of procuracie, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin procuratia, alteration of Latin procuratio procuration
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
PROXY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of proxy for English Language Learners
: a person who is given the power or authority to do something (such as to vote) for someone else
: power or authority that is given to allow a person to act for someone else
PROXY Defined for Kids
Definition of proxy for Students
1 : authority to act for another or a paper giving such authority
2 : a person with authority to act for another
Legal Definition of proxy
1 : the act or practice of a person serving as an authorized agent or substitute for another —used especially in the phrase by proxy
2a : authority or power to act for another b : a statement or document giving such authorization; specifically : an oral consent or written document (as a power of attorney) given by a stockholder to a specified person or persons to vote corporate stock
3a : a person authorized to act or make decisions for another appointed a health-care proxy b : something serving to replace or substitute for another thing
Origin and Etymology of proxy
Middle English procucie, contraction of procuracie, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin procuratia, alteration of Latin procuratio appointment of another as one's agent
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