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

 

surrogate

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BrE BrE//ˈsʌrəɡət//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɜːrəɡət//
 
surrogate (for something)(formal)
 
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a person or thing that takes the place of, or is used instead of, somebody/something else As Tolkien noted some time ago, magic is often a surrogate for technology.

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