Definition of proxy in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈprɒksi

noun (plural proxies)

  • 1 [mass noun] The authority to represent someone else, especially in voting: Britons overseas 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, ambassador, emissary, go-between, envoy
    rare factor, procurator
  • 1.1 [count noun] A person authorized to act on behalf of another.
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    • 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.
  • 1.2 [count noun] A 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.

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