Definition of surrogate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsərəɡət/
Pronunciation: /ˈsərəˌɡāt/


1A substitute, especially a person deputizing for another in a specific role or office: she was regarded as the surrogate for the governor during his final illness
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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;
deputy, representative, stand-in, standby, stopgap, relief, pinch-hitter, understudy
1.1(In the Christian Church) a bishop’s deputy who grants marriage licenses.
1.2A 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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Syllabification: sur·ro·gate

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