- to put into the place of another; substitute for another.
- Civil Law. to substitute (one person) for another with reference to a claim or right.
Origin of subrogate
1400–50; 1540–50 for def 1; late Middle English (past participle) < Latin subrogātus (past participle of subrogāre to nominate (someone) as a substitute), equivalent to sub- sub- + rogā(re) to request + -tus past participle suffix
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- (tr) law to put (one person or thing) in the place of another in respect of a right or claim
C16: from Latin subrogāre, from sub- in place of + rogāre to ask
Word Origin and History for subrogate
1530s, from Latin subrogatus, variant of surrogatus, past participle of surrogare/subrogare (see surrogate). Related: Subrogated; subrogating.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper