Definition of proxy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpräksē/

noun (plural proxies)

1The authority to represent someone else, especially in voting: they may register to vote by proxy
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  • For example, the House of Delegates met and voted by proxy on the AORN Position Statement on Correct Site Surgery in February.
  • The de-merger proposal was approved by the sheer weight of proxy votes - 97 per cent of big and small investors voting by proxy gave the plan the thumbs up.
  • Dicker said those people who were living away from the community were able to send a vote by proxy.
deputy, representative, substitute, delegate, agent, surrogate, stand-in, attorney, go-between
1.1A person authorized to act on behalf of another.
Example sentences
  • Some sources say that a proxy worked on his behalf none other than would-be powerbroker and Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane.
  • The letter was handed over by Peter Brown, himself an accountant and auditor, who was attending the meeting as a proxy on behalf of a shareholder.
  • But, of course - they're too smart for this - this is why they use our sons and daughters as proxies to advance their agenda without risking their own blood.
1.2A document authorizing a person to vote on another’s behalf.
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  • The notice of meeting reveals that the board will be voting open proxies against Joy Buckland but there is a grey area here.
  • Rupert was naughty in that he voted undirected proxies and he didn't answer the question when Crikey asked that he not do this given that he had a conflict of interest and wasn't voting his own stake.
  • However, recent changes in SEC guidelines require managers to report back to their investors and let them know how they vote their proxies, Aase said.
2A figure that can be used to represent the value of something in a calculation: the use of a US wealth measure as a proxy for the true worldwide measure
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  • ‘EVA is really a proxy for the discounted value of the future cash flow,’ he explains.
  • If productivity declines represent a loss of ten to fifteen percent of average sales, then we can use this percentage as a proxy for the unobservable productivity figure.
  • Price measures of value provide a proxy for the particular form that the extraction of surplus value takes in particular contexts.


Late Middle English: contraction of procuracy.

Words that rhyme with proxy

boxy, doxy, epoxy, foxy, moxie, poxy

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Syllabification: prox·y

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