surrogacy

noun
sur·​ro·​ga·​cy | \ ˈsər-ə-gə-sē How to pronounce surrogacy (audio) \

Definition of surrogacy

: the practice of serving as a surrogate mother

Examples of surrogacy in a Sentence

choosing between adoption and surrogacy

Recent Examples on the Web

Miscarriage leave is still rare, but plenty of firms provide subsidies for egg-freezing and surrogacy. Melia Russell, SFChronicle.com, "Miscarriage leave, a benefit no one wants to use, on the rise," 12 July 2019 Washington State and New Jersey legalized paid surrogacy last year, joining about a dozen other states. Vivian Wang, New York Times, "Surrogate Pregnancy Battle Pits Progressives Against Feminists," 12 June 2019 The future of the species now rests entirely on the most advanced reproductive technologies science has to offer: in vitro fertilization, surrogacy and stem cell development. Rebecca Boyle, Discover Magazine, "The Quixotic Quest to Birth a Baby Northern White Rhino," 25 June 2019 And yet some evidence suggests that surrogacy and egg donation are offered mainly by women in need. Anna Louie Sussman, The New Yorker, "The Case for Redefining Infertility," 18 June 2019 Employees now get 20 days of subsidized child or elder care and increased reimbursement on adoption and surrogacy fees. Claire Zillman, Fortune, "Why CEOs Never Talked About Abortion—Until Now: The Broadsheet," 11 June 2019 In the Trump era, surrogacy has become a kind of symbol for patriarchal oppression. Nora Caplan-bricker, The New Republic, "Choose Your Own Family," 4 June 2019 People have kids—even through surrogacy or IVF or whatever—and the kids just appear. Ramou Sarr, Glamour, "Gabrielle Union Is ‘Not Here to Serve Hollywood’," 30 Apr. 2019 Kardashian opted for surrogacy after previously suffering from pregnancy complications, including placenta accreta, a condition where the placenta grows too deeply in the uterine wall. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian Is Reportedly Using a Different Surrogate for Her Fourth Child," 4 Jan. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'surrogacy.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of surrogacy

1982, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about surrogacy

Statistics for surrogacy

Last Updated

19 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for surrogacy

The first known use of surrogacy was in 1982

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for surrogacy

surrogacy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of surrogacy

: the practice by which a woman (called a surrogate mother) becomes pregnant and gives birth to a baby in order to give it to someone who cannot have children

surrogacy

noun
sur·​ro·​ga·​cy | \ ˈsər-ə-gə-sē, ˈsə-rə- How to pronounce surrogacy (audio) \
plural surrogacies

Medical Definition of surrogacy

: the practice of serving as a surrogate mother

surrogacy

noun
sur·​ro·​ga·​cy | \ ˈsər-ə-gə-sē How to pronounce surrogacy (audio) \
plural surrogacies

Legal Definition of surrogacy

1 : the office of a surrogate
2 : the practice of serving as a surrogate mother

Comments on surrogacy

What made you want to look up surrogacy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to complain fretfully

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What's that Smell?! Quiz

  • wide eyed dog smelling rose
  • Someone who is hircine smells like a:
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!