surrogate

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

Definition of surrogate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

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

surrogate

noun, often attributive
sur·​ro·​gate | \ ˈsər-ə-ˌgāt How to pronounce surrogate (audio) , ˈsə-rə-, -gət How to pronounce surrogate (audio) \

Definition of surrogate (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : 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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Many existing surrogates favour keeping it altruistic. The Economist, "New proposals to regulate Britain’s surrogacy boom," 7 June 2019 New York is now one of a handful of states that ban paid gestational surrogacy, meaning prospective parents must travel to other states to hire or compensate a surrogate for carrying their child. Chris Carola, The Seattle Times, "Manhattan tolls, plastic bag ban poised for approval in NY," 30 Mar. 2019 On May 10, Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West welcomed their fourth child, via surrogate. Allure, "Kim Kardashian Just Revealed the Name of Her Fourth Child," 18 May 2019 The baby was born via surrogate, like their daughter, Chicago. Vogue, "Kim Kardashian-West and Kanye West Announce the Name of Their Fourth Child," 17 May 2019 Both of the Brent-Berkus children were born via surrogate, and the dads have spoken openly about the process. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "A Brief Timeline of Nate Berkus & Jeremiah Brent's Relationship," 3 May 2019 In the previous episode, Phoebe agreed to be a surrogate for Frank and Alice. Vanessa Golembewski, Glamour, "Have You Noticed They're Always Reading on Friends? Yes, Even Joey," 2 July 2018 In Maryland, Democratic voters turned to a more liberal choice for governor, nominating Mr. Jealous, who was a leading surrogate for Senator Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential race. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, "Trump Helps Boost Two Preferred Candidates While Progressive Democrats Gain," 26 June 2018 During his father's 2015 presidential primary run, Jeb Jr. served as a surrogate for the candidate on the campaign trail. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meet the 14 People Who Called George H.W. Bush Grandfather," 6 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of surrogate

Verb

1533, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for surrogate

Verb

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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of surrogate

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

surrogate

noun
sur·​ro·​gate | \ -gət, -ˌgāt How to pronounce surrogate (audio) \

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

surrogate

noun
sur·​ro·​gate | \ ˈsər-ə-gət How to pronounce surrogate (audio) \

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

Other Words from surrogate

surrogate adjective

History and Etymology for surrogate

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

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