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[suhb-ruh-geyt] /ˈsʌb rəˌgeɪt/
verb (used with object), subrogated, subrogating.
to put into the place of another; substitute for another.
Civil Law. to substitute (one person) for another with reference to a claim or right.
late Middle English
1400-50; 1540-50 for def 1; late Middle English (past participle) < Latin subrogātus (past participle of subrogāre to nominate (someone) as a substitute), equivalent to sub- sub- + rogā(re) to request + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
subrogation, noun
unsubrogated, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for subrogate
  • Waives the state's right to subrogate with regard to any party to a contract, lease, or other written agreement.
  • On occasion, one carrier may subrogate against the other in either property or casualty losses.
  • We do however strongly object to the use of fee demonstration projects to harm, displace or subrogate concessioner operations.
British Dictionary definitions for subrogate


(transitive) (law) to put (one person or thing) in the place of another in respect of a right or claim
Word Origin
C16: from Latin subrogāre, from sub- in place of + rogāre to ask
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Word Origin and History for subrogate

1530s, from Latin subrogatus, variant of surrogatus, past participle of surrogare/subrogare (see surrogate). Related: Subrogated; subrogating.

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