Definition of proxy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈprɒksi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːksi//
    (pl. proxies)
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  1. 1[uncountable] the authority that you give to somebody to do something for you, when you cannot do it yourself You can vote either in person or by proxy. a proxy vote
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] a person who has been given the authority to represent somebody else Your proxy will need to sign the form on your behalf. They were like proxy parents to me. proxy for somebody She is acting as proxy for her husband.
  3. 3[countable] proxy for something (formal or specialist) something that you use to represent something else that you are trying to measure or calculate The number of patients on a doctor's list was seen as a good proxy for assessing how hard they work.
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: contraction of procuracy.Extra examples I am here as a proxy for my father. If you will not be able to vote on election day, you may vote by proxy. It is important that members send their proxy forms in. Our practice is to delegate proxy voting to managers. The Cold War also saw proxy wars fought throughout the developing world. We enclose a form of proxy for use at the Annual General Meeting. You may appoint a proxy to vote for you. Your proxy may attend the meeting if you are unable to attend. a proxy battle to get shareholders to overturn the board’s decision
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