What does surrogate mean?

Definitions for surrogate
ˈsɜr əˌgeɪt, -gɪt, ˈsʌr-; -ˌgeɪtsur·ro·gate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. surrogate, alternate, replacementnoun

    someone who takes the place of another person

  2. deputy, surrogateadjective

    a person appointed to represent or act on behalf of others

  3. foster, surrogateadjective

    providing or receiving nurture or parental care though not related by blood or legal ties

    "foster parent"; "foster child"; "foster home"; "surrogate father"


  1. Surrogatenoun

    a surrogate mother.


  1. surrogatenoun

    A substitute (usually of a person, position or role).

  2. surrogatenoun

    A person or animal that acts as a substitute for the social or pastoral role of another, such as a surrogate mother.

  3. surrogatenoun

    A deputy for a bishop in granting licences for marriage.

  4. surrogatenoun

    A judicial officer of limited jurisdiction, who administers matters of probate and intestate succession and, in some cases, adoptions.

  5. surrogatenoun

    A surrogate or surrogate key is a unique identifier for either an entity in the modeled world or an object in the database.

  6. surrogatenoun

    Any of a range of Unicode codepoints which are used in pairs in UTF-16 to represent characters beyond the Basic Multilingual Plane.

  7. surrogateverb

    To replace or substitute something with something else; appoint a successor.

  8. surrogateadjective

    Of, concerning, relating to or acting as a substitute.

  9. Etymology: From surrogatus, perfect passive participle of surrogare; a variant of subrogare, from sub + rogare.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Surrogatenoun

    A deputy; a delegate; the deputy of an ecclesiastical judge.

    Etymology: surrogatus, Latin.

  2. To Surrogateverb

    To put in the place of another.

    Etymology: surrogo, Latin.


  1. surrogate

    A surrogate refers to a substitute or a replacement for someone or something else, particularly in the context of fulfilling a specific role or function. This term is often used in fields like medicine (surrogate mother), psychology (surrogate therapy), law (surrogate decision-maker), etc.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Surrogatenoun

    a deputy; a delegate; a substitute

  2. Surrogatenoun

    the deputy of an ecclesiastical judge, most commonly of a bishop or his chancellor, especially a deputy who grants marriage licenses

  3. Surrogatenoun

    in some States of the United States, an officer who presides over the probate of wills and testaments and yield the settlement of estates

  4. Surrogateverb

    to put in the place of another; to substitute

  5. Etymology: [L. surrogatus, p. p. of surrogare, subrogare, to put in another's place, to substitute; sub under + rogare to ask, ask for a vote, propose a law. See Rogation, and cf. Subrogate.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Surrogate

    sur′rō-gāt, n. a substitute: the deputy of an ecclesiastical judge.—ns. Sur′rogāteship; Surrogā′tion, subrogation; Surrogā′tum, that which comes in place of something else. [L. surrogāre, ātumsub, in the place of, rogāre, to ask.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of surrogate in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of surrogate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of surrogate in a Sentence

  1. Manigault Newman:

    This story suggests that as a reporter, you are( or were) a paid Hillary Clinton surrogate. I pray this is not true ! This could be hurtful to your legacy and the integrity of your work.

  2. Robert Blecker:

    She needs to have them look at him not as this one-dimensional monster, but as a multi-dimensional human being who had a difficult childhood with divorcing parents from another country whose brother became a surrogate father.

  3. Adrienne Elrod:

    I certainly don't remember that conversation that way, ican certainly assure you that Iwould have come forward ... Idon't want to get into private discussions that Ihad with our surrogates on the campaign, and, by the way, Idid run the full surrogate operations, so Ihad a lot of conversations with a lot of celebrities, a lot of elected officials, a lot of high wattage influencers every single day. I'm certainly not going to divulge those conversations on air, but Ialso don't recall every single minute of every conversation that I had.

  4. Kerry Brown:

    I was able to say everything that I wanted to say through a surrogate.

  5. Aaron Kesselheim:

    The FDA is totally switching gears over the last six months and approving this drug on the basis of a theory relating to the surrogate marker of amyloid plaques that we, as an advisory committee back in November, were told to not consider, if The FDA allows companies to get drugs approved on the basis of trials that are stopped early, trials that are reanalyzed, that sets a precedent.

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