|1.||a person or thing acting as a substitute|
|2.||chiefly (Brit) a deputy, such as a clergyman appointed to deputize for a bishop in granting marriage licences|
|3.||psychiatry a person who is a substitute for someone else, esp in childhood when different persons, such as a brother or teacher, can act as substitutes for the parents|
|4.||(in some US states) a judge with jurisdiction over the probate of wills, etc|
|5.||(modifier) of, relating to, or acting as a surrogate: a surrogate pleasure|
|6.||to put in another's position as a deputy, substitute, etc|
|7.||to appoint as a successor to oneself|
|[C17: from Latin surrogāre to substitute; see |
surrogate sur·ro·gate (sûr'ə-gĭt, -gāt', sŭr'-)
One that takes the place of another; a substitute.
A person or an animal that functions as a substitute for another, as in a social or family role.
A figure of authority who takes the place of the father or mother in a person's unconscious or emotional life.
A surrogate mother.