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
Like the first event in March in Oceanside, this one was packed, with most in attendance to show their opposition to their representative in the House, and who also saw Issa as a proxy for Trump.
As a proxy contest and a warm-up for next year’s presidential race, Sunday’s results will be closely watched in Mexico and beyond.
This aversion to confronting the substantive issues head-on, rather than via everyone's favorite proxy, or making tough compromises, is looking like an increasingly sure bet to scuttle Democratic efforts, in 2018 and beyond, to reclaim power.
DETROIT (AP) — Shares of General Motors are rising Tuesday as a proxy fight escalates between the company and an activist shareholder who wants to split its shares into two classes.
Sweden’s embassy in Pyongyang acts a proxy for Australia, Canada and the U.S. Guest Workers As many as 60,000 North Koreans are working in more than 50 countries, according to estimates from South Korea’s foreign ministry.
The Saudis, who view the Houthis as an Iranian proxy, have been the main financial backer and weapons supplier to the military and local tribes fighting in Mareb, including in al Adhlan.
In the top 200 rankings, Equilar relied on standard compensation figures required in proxies by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Wyly’s Ranger Governance Ltd. announced its proxy fight in June.
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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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