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surrogate

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verb sur·ro·gate \ ˈsər-ə-ˌgāt , ˈsə-rə- \

Definition of surrogate

surrogated; surrogating
transitive verb
:to put in the place of another:
a :to appoint as successor, deputy, or substitute for oneself

Origin and Etymology of surrogate

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


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surrogate

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noun, often attributive sur·ro·gate \ -ˌgāt , -gət \

Definition of surrogate

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 :one that serves as a substitute

Examples of surrogate in a Sentence

  1. He could not attend the meeting, so he sent his surrogate.

  2. The governor and her surrogates asked the public to support the change.

  3. They had their baby through a surrogate.

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First Known Use of surrogate

1603

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SURROGATE Defined for English Language Learners

surrogate

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Definition of surrogate for English Language Learners

  • : a person or thing that takes the place or performs the duties of someone or something else


Medical Dictionary

surrogate

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noun sur·ro·gate \ -gət, -ˌgāt \

medical Definition of surrogate

: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

Law Dictionary

surrogate

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noun sur·ro·gate \ ˈsər-ə-gət \

legal Definition of surrogate

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

Origin and Etymology of surrogate

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



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