[ suhb-ruh-geyt ]
/ ˈsʌb rəˌgeɪt /

verb (used with object), sub·ro·gat·ed, sub·ro·gat·ing.

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.

Nearby words

  1. subregion,
  2. subreption,
  3. subright,
  4. subring,
  5. subroc,
  6. subrogation,
  7. subround,
  8. subroutine,
  9. subsample,
  10. subsatellite

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

Related formssub·ro·ga·tion, nounun·sub·ro·gat·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for subrogation

British Dictionary definitions for subrogation


/ (ˌsʌbrəˈɡeɪʃən) /


law the substitution of one person or thing for another, esp the placing of a surety who has paid the debt in the place of the creditor, entitling him to payment from the original debtor


/ (ˈsʌbrəˌɡeɪt) /


(tr) law to put (one person or thing) in the place of another in respect of a right or claim

Word Origin for subrogate

C16: from Latin subrogāre, from sub- in place of + rogāre to ask

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Word Origin and History for subrogation
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