- Proxy is a stand-in for someone else, the authority to stand-in for or represent someone else, or a document giving permission for someone else to vote on your behalf.
- An example of proxy is someone who is named to make health care decisions for you if you are unable to do so.
- An example of proxy is when you register to vote and have someone else actually cast your ballot.
proxy definition by Webster's New World
- the agency or function of a deputy
- the authority to act for another
- a document empowering a person to act for another, as in voting at a stockholders' meeting
- a person empowered to act for another
Origin: Middle English prokecie, contr. ; from procuracie, the function of a procurator, ultimately ; from Classical Latin procuratio
proxy definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. prox·ies
- A person authorized to act for another; an agent or substitute.
- The authority to act for another.
- The written authorization to act in place of another.
Origin: Middle English proccy, contraction of earlier procracie, annual payment to a prelate, from Anglo-Norman procuracie, from Medieval Latin prōcūrātia, alteration of Latin prōcūrātiō, from prōcūrātus, past participle of prōcūrāre, to take care of; see procure.
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proxy - Investment & Finance Definition
A ballot that allows shareholders to cast their vote at an annual or special meeting without attending the actual meeting. Typically the proxy can be mailed or cast through an automated telephone voting service or on the Internet. Proxies also can be given to someone, who then votes on behalf of the shareholder. This right may be given to an attorney, to the corporation (which will vote the shares in line with its wishes), or to another person the shareholder authorizes.
proxy - Legal Definition
- One who receives the authority to speak for or act for another. A proxy is often allowed to vote in place of a corporation’s stockholder(s) at a periodic meeting.
- The authority itself.