surrogate

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noun

sur·​ro·​gate ˈsər-ə-gət How to pronounce surrogate (audio)
ˈsə-rə-,
-ˌgāt How to pronounce surrogate (audio)
often attributive
1
a
: one appointed to act in place of another : deputy
b
: a local judicial officer in some states (such as New York) who has jurisdiction over the probate of wills, the settlement of estates, and the appointment and supervision of guardians
2
3
: one that serves as a substitute

surrogate

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verb

sur·​ro·​gate ˈsər-ə-ˌgāt How to pronounce surrogate (audio)
ˈsə-rə-
surrogated; surrogating

transitive verb

: to put in the place of another:
a
: to appoint as successor, deputy, or substitute for oneself

Examples of surrogate in a Sentence

Noun He could not attend the meeting, so he sent his surrogate. The governor and her surrogates asked the public to support the change. They had their baby through a surrogate.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Wilson welcomed her first child, Royce Lillian, via surrogate in November 2022. Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 4 Apr. 2024 The Biden campaign, as a result, has scheduled visits for the president and a parade of surrogates through Arizona. Laura Gersony, The Arizona Republic, 4 Apr. 2024 A number of my friends also have a parent who has chosen to start their lives over in this way, including their mothers, who, in their later years, have had babies via surrogate. Jeanne Phillips, The Mercury News, 31 Mar. 2024 Much of their outreach is focused on reaching voters through family, friends or influencers, rather than through the president or traditional political surrogates. Reid J. Epstein, New York Times, 24 Mar. 2024 Trump said Sunday in a Truth Social post. Cheney, defeated for re-election in 2022 by a Trump surrogate, responded by saying the former president is lying (again). David Jackson, USA TODAY, 18 Mar. 2024 The Democratic campaign kickoff follows a string of visits from Biden and his surrogates in recent weeks, including Vice President Kamala Harris, first lady Jill Biden and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. Jessie Opoien, Journal Sentinel, 15 Mar. 2024 Biden and his Democratic surrogates have been highlighting comments by Trump in which the former president takes credit for presiding over the end of Roe. CBS News, 13 Mar. 2024 In August 2013, three months after marrying Mellody Hobson, the couple welcomed a daughter together via surrogate: Everest Hobson Lucas. Emma Kershaw, Peoplemag, 16 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Latin surrogatus, past participle of surrogare to choose in place of another, substitute, from sub- + rogare to ask — more at right

First Known Use

Noun

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1533, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of surrogate was in 1533

Dictionary Entries Near surrogate

Cite this Entry

“Surrogate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/surrogate. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

surrogate

noun
sur·​ro·​gate
ˈsər-ə-ˌgāt,
ˈsə-rə-,
-gət
1
: one appointed to act in place of another : deputy
2
: a court officer in some states who handles the settling of wills

Medical Definition

surrogate

noun
sur·​ro·​gate -gət, -ˌgāt How to pronounce surrogate (audio)
: one that serves as a substitute: as
a
: a representation of a person substituted through symbolizing (as in a dream) for conscious recognition of the person
b
: a drug substituted for another drug

Legal Definition

surrogate

noun
sur·​ro·​gate ˈsər-ə-gət How to pronounce surrogate (audio)
1
: one acting in the place of another
especially : one standing in loco parentis to a child
2
often capitalized : the judge or judicial officer of a Surrogate's Court or Surrogate's office
surrogate adjective
Etymology

Noun

Latin surrogatus, past participle of surrogare subrogare to substitute, from sub- in place of, under + rogare to ask

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