Definition of surrogate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsʌrəɡət/


1A substitute, especially a person deputizing for another in a specific role or office: wives of MPs are looked on as surrogates for their husbands while the latter are at Westminster
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  • Not quite useful as measurements of scale, they could be understood to serve as surrogates for her own presence in the cinema of daily life.
  • In addition, a modified version of the portfolio traveled to sixteen venues between 1935 and 1937, with the photographs serving as surrogates for the objects themselves.
  • Like language, these photographs are surrogates for reality, full of meaning but incomplete in and of themselves.
substitute, proxy, replacement;
agent, deputy, representative, factor, stand-in, standby, stopgap, fill-in, relief, understudy
1.1(In the Christian Church) a bishop’s deputy who grants marriage licences.
1.2(In the US) a judge in charge of probate, inheritance, and guardianship.


Early 17th century: from Latin surrogatus, past participle of surrogare 'elect as a substitute', from super- 'over' + rogare 'ask'.

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