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surrogate

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

Definition of surrogate

surrogated

surrogating

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

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


First Known Use: 1533


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surrogate

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

Definition of surrogate

  1. 1a :  one appointed to act in place of another :  deputyb :  a local judicial officer in some states (as New York) who has jurisdiction over the probate of wills, the settlement of estates, and the appointment and supervision of guardians

  2. 2 :  one that serves as a substitute

  3. 3 :  surrogate mother

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.

1603

First Known Use of surrogate

1603

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surrogate

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

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

  1. :  one that serves as a substitute: asa:  a representation of a person substituted through symbolizing (as in a dream) for conscious recognition of the personb:  a drug substituted for another drugc:  surrogate mother


Law Dictionary

surrogate

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noun sur·ro·gate \ˈsər-ə-gət\

Legal Definition of surrogate

  1. 1 :  one acting in the place of another; especially :  one standing in loco parentis to a child

  2. 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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