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



BrE BrE//ˈsʌrəɡət//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɜːrəɡət//
(formal) Pregnancy
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used to describe a person or thing that takes the place of, or is used instead of, somebody/something else She saw him as a sort of surrogate father. For these people, television is a surrogate for real life. See related entries: Pregnancy Word Originearly 17th cent.: from Latin surrogatus, past participle of surrogare ‘elect as a substitute’, from super- ‘over’ + rogare ‘ask’.

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