- a person appointed to act for another; deputy.
- (in some states) a judicial officer having jurisdiction over the probate of wills, the administration of estates, etc.
- the deputy of an ecclesiastical judge, especially of a bishop or a bishop's chancellor.
- a substitute.
- a surrogate mother.
- Politics. someone who acts on behalf of a politician or political candidate by making public appearances, issuing statements, etc., when that person is engaged elsewhere or when that person’s image would be bolstered by certain affiliations: His camp won the “prestige of science” battle by signing on high-profile physicists, chemists, and biologists as campaign surrogates.
- 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.
- to put into the place of another as a successor, substitute, or deputy; substitute for another.
- to subrogate.
Origin of surrogate
- a person or thing acting as a substitute
- mainly British a deputy, such as a clergyman appointed to deputize for a bishop in granting marriage licences
- psychiatry a person who is a substitute for someone else, esp in childhood when different persons, such as a brother or teacher, can act as substitutes for the parents
- (in some US states) a judge with jurisdiction over the probate of wills, etc
- (modifier) of, relating to, or acting as a surrogatea surrogate pleasure
- to put in another's position as a deputy, substitute, etc
- to appoint as a successor to oneself
Word Origin for surrogate
early 15c., from Latin surrogatus, past participle of surrogare "put in another's place, substitute," from sub "in the place of, under" + rogare "to ask, propose" (see rogation). Meaning "woman pregnant with the fertilized egg of another woman" is attested from 1978 (from 1972 of animals; surrogate mother in a psychological sense is from 1971).
- 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.