[ noun, adjective sur-uh-geyt, -git, suhr-; verb sur-uh-geyt, suhr- ]
/ noun, adjective ˈsɜr əˌgeɪt, -gɪt, ˈsʌr-; verb ˈsɜr əˌgeɪt, ˈsʌr- /



regarded or acting as a surrogate: a surrogate father.
involving or indicating the use of a surrogate mother to conceive or carry an embryo: surrogate parenting.

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

to put into the place of another as a successor, substitute, or deputy; substitute for another.
to subrogate.

Origin of surrogate

1525–35; < Latin surrogātus, assimilated variant of subrogātus; see subrogate


sur·ro·gate·ship, nounsur·ro·ga·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for surrogation


noun (ˈsʌrəɡɪt)

verb (ˈsʌrəˌɡeɪt) (tr)

to put in another's position as a deputy, substitute, etc
to appoint as a successor to oneself

Derived forms of surrogate

surrogateship, nounsurrogation, noun

Word Origin for surrogate

C17: from Latin surrogāre to substitute; see subrogate
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Medicine definitions for surrogation

[ sûrə-gĭt, -gāt′ ]


One that takes the place of another; a substitute.
A person or an animal that functions as a substitute for another, as in a social or family role.
A figure of authority who takes the place of the father or mother in a person's unconscious or emotional life.
A surrogate mother.
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