subrogate

verb
sub·ro·gate | \ ˈsə-brō-ˌgāt \
subrogated; subrogating

Definition of subrogate 

transitive verb

: to put in the place of another especially : to substitute (something or someone, such as a second creditor) for another with regard to a legal right or claim

First Known Use of subrogate

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for subrogate

Middle English, from Latin subrogatus, past participle of subrogare, surrogare — more at surrogate

Latin subrogatus, past participle of subrogare surrogare to elect as a substitute, from sub- under + rogare to request

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subrogate

transitive verb
sub·ro·gate | \ ˈsə-brō-ˌgāt \
subrogated; subrogating

Legal Definition of subrogate 

: to put in the place of another by the doctrine of subrogation : substitute (as a second creditor) for another with regard to a legal right or claim subrogates the trustee to the priority and avoidance rights of certain unsecured creditors —J. J. White and R. S. Summers the surety who pays the principal obligation is subrogated…to the rights of the creditorLouisiana Civil Code

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