plural proxies
1
: the agency, function, or office of a deputy who acts as a substitute for another
2
a
: authority or power to act for another
b
: 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
proxy adjective

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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.

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 on the Web Despite prevailing in the proxy contest, Disney must reckon with simmering discontent among its shareholder base. Meg James, Los Angeles Times, 3 Apr. 2024 In the months before the merger, which closed last week, investors also bet heavily against Digital World as a proxy for Trump Media. Joe Rennison, New York Times, 3 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for proxy 

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English proxi, procucie, contraction of procuracie, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin procuratia, alteration of Latin procuratio procuration

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of proxy was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Proxy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/proxy. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

proxy

noun
plural proxies
1
: authority held by one person to act for another (as in voting)
2
a
: a person holding authority to act for another
b
: a written paper giving a person such authority
proxy adjective

Legal Definition

proxy

noun
plural proxies
1
: the act or practice of a person serving as an authorized agent or substitute for another
used especially in the phrase by proxy
2
a
: 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
3
a
: 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
Etymology

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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