the agency, function, or power of a person authorized to act as the deputy or substitute for another.
a person authorized to act as a deputy or substitute for another; agent.
a written authorization empowering another person to vote or act for the signer, such as at a meeting of stockholders.
an ally or confederate who can be relied upon to speak or act in one's behalf.
a server or program that receives requests, filters them, and forwards them to a network on behalf of another computer or network which it represents under a surrogate IP address: used to provide anonymity or increased security or to carry out intermediate processing.
a placeholder programming object whose function is to delegate the execution of an action to one or more other objects it controls access to, allowing the placeholder to carry out other processing before and after that action.
relating to or having the agency, function, or power of a person authorized to act as the deputy or substitute for another: If you are unable to reach the polls, you can choose a proxy voter to cast your ballot for you.Because of the distance to be traveled, a proxy groom stood in for the queen's future husband.
(especially of a conflict) occurring between states, people, etc., who are directed, influenced, or funded by other states, people, etc.: Proxy wars were a major feature of the Cold War.The new CEO won control of the company after a proxy battle.
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How to use proxy in a sentence
You can track it by proxy by looking at organic website traffic growth from target pages.Content marketing fails: How to analyze and improve | Michael Doer | August 27, 2020 | Search Engine Watch
Many places — including New York City, the country’s largest school district — are using the rate of tests that come back with a positive result as a proxy for the spread of the virus in the community.When Can Schools Safely Reopen? The Answer Is Part Science, Part Guesswork. | Kaleigh Rogers (email@example.com) | August 19, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
It can also be seen as a proxy for how things are faring for the rest of Hong Kong’s financial sector.The US-China standoff is turning Hong Kong into a more valuable—and more Chinese—financial hub | John Detrixhe | August 16, 2020 | Quartz
Experts generally agree that seizures only represent a fraction of what actually crosses the border, but they can also be a proxy for what is crossing, and tell us a bit about drug prices.Border Report: The Pandemic Has Upended the Illegal Drug Trade | Maya Srikrishnan | June 22, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
Hoge joined in, waging a proxy battle against a liberal blogger who accused Walker et al. of being scammers.The Weirdest Story About a Conservative Obsession, a Convicted Bomber, and Taylor Swift You Have Ever Read | David Weigel | August 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
People who intentionally hurt children for attention can be accused of Munchausen Syndrome by proxy.Republican Thinks Obama’s Mental Illness Caused Border Crisis | Gideon Resnick | July 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
We did not find any evidence, through both DNS lookups and proxy testing, that any of these URLs are blocked.
Forced C-section debates often skirt or even devolve into a proxy pro-choice/pro-life debate, explains Diaz-Tello.
Afghanistan was basically an instrument of the West in its proxy war against the Soviets.
This resolution went, therefore, to abolish the right of peers to vote by proxy.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III. | E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
He held the rectories of Middle and Whitchurch in Shropshire, but the duties were performed by a proxy.
Edgar had excused her not staying to throw for herself, but the general proxy, the bookseller, had been successful in her name.Camilla | Fanny Burney
I have been spoiled for correspondence by Mr. Lewes's goodness in always writing letters for me where a proxy is admissible.George Eliot's Life, Vol. II (of 3) | George Eliot
The suit was still pending in 1427, when the community nominated Jacques d'Arc its authorised proxy, and sent him to Vaucouleurs.The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2) | Anatole France
British Dictionary definitions for proxy
a person authorized to act on behalf of someone else; agent: to vote by proxy
the authority, esp in the form of a document, given to a person to act on behalf of someone else
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Cultural definitions for proxy
A person authorized to act for another, or the written authorization to act for another.
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