[ noun, adjective sur-uh-geyt, -git, suhr-; verb sur-uh-geyt, suhr- ]
/ noun, adjective ˈsɜr əˌgeɪt, -gɪt, ˈsʌr-; verb ˈsɜr əˌgeɪt, ˈsʌr- /
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.
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.
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.
Words nearby surrogate
Origin of surrogate
1525–35; < Latin surrogātus, assimilated variant of subrogātus; see subrogate
OTHER WORDS FROM surrogatesur·ro·gate·ship, nounsur·ro·ga·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for surrogation
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
verb (ˈsʌrəˌɡeɪt) (tr)
to put in another's position as a deputy, substitute, etc
to appoint as a successor to oneself
Derived forms of surrogatesurrogateship, nounsurrogation, noun
Word Origin for surrogate
C17: from Latin surrogāre to substitute; see subrogate
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Medicine definitions for surrogation
[ sûr′ə-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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