Surrogate meaning

sûr'ə-gĭt, -gāt', sŭr'-
Surrogate means taking the place of.

An example of the use of the word surrogate as an adjective is in the phrase "surrogate teacher" which means a substitute teacher.

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Surrogate is defined as to substitute for something.

An example of to surrogate is to act as the birth mother for a friend.

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The definition of a surrogate is someone who takes the place of another, particularly in a family role.

An example of a surrogate is a woman who gives birth to a baby, but gives the baby to another family.

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One that takes the place of another; a substitute.
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In Freudian psychology, a figure of authority who takes the place of the father or mother in a person's unconscious or emotional life.
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A judge in New York and some other states having jurisdiction over the probate of wills and the settlement of estates.
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Substitute.
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To put in the place of another, especially as a successor; replace.
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To appoint (another) as a replacement for oneself.
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Someone appointed to act in place of another.
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A substitute figure, esp. a person of some authority, who replaces a father or mother in one's feelings.
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A woman who, by prior agreement, becomes pregnant and bears a child for another woman or a couple, who will then raise it.
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Of or acting as a surrogate.
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To put in another's place as a substitute or deputy.
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One that takes the place of another; a substitute.
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In Freudian psychology, a figure of authority who takes the place of the father or mother in a person's unconscious or emotional life.
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Substitute.
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A person appointed in place of another, especially a judicial officer who administers things concerning incompetents or decedents, and in certain instances, adoptions; any stand-in.
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A substitute (usually of a person, position or role).
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A person or animal that acts as a substitute for the social or pastoral role of another, such as a surrogate mother.
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(chiefly UK) A deputy for a bishop in granting licences for marriage.
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(US law): A judicial officer of limited jurisdiction, who administers matters of probate and intestate succession and, in some cases, adoptions.
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A surrogate or surrogate key is a unique identifier for either an entity in the modeled world or an object in the database.
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(computing) Any of a range of Unicode codepoints which are used in pairs in UTF-16 to represent characters beyond the Basic Multilingual Plane.
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Of, concerning, relating to or acting as a substitute.
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To replace or substitute something with something else; appoint a successor.
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In some states, probate court, or a judge of this court.
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Origin of surrogate

  • Middle English from Latin surrogātus past participle of surrogāre to substitute variant of subrogāre subrogate
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin surrogatus, perfect passive participle of surrogare (“ask"); a variant of subrogare, from sub (“under") + rogare (“ask").
    From Wiktionary