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verb (used with object), sub·ro·gat·ed, sub·ro·gat·ing.
  1. to put into the place of another; substitute for another.
  2. Civil Law. to substitute (one person) for another with reference to a claim or right.
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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
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Historical Examples of subrogation

  • Or a first mortgage on good property, with subrogation of the wife's rights.

    Other People's Money

    Emile Gaboriau

  • Bill of sale and abandonment with subrogation to underwriter—that is, an assignment of all interest to the underwriter.

  • In the United States, subrogation to underwriters of damaged goods.

British Dictionary definitions for subrogation


  1. 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
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  1. (tr) law to put (one person or thing) in the place of another in respect of a right or claim
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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


early 15c., from Latin subrogationem (nominative subrogatio), noun of action from past participle stem of subrogare (see subrogate).

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1530s, from Latin subrogatus, variant of surrogatus, past participle of surrogare/subrogare (see surrogate). Related: Subrogated; subrogating.

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