surrogate Definition

  • 1a substitute, especially a person deputizing for another in a specific role or office
  • 2a woman who bears a child on behalf of another woman, either from her own egg fertilized by the other woman's partner, or from the implantation in her uterus of a fertilized egg from the other woman

Using surrogate: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "surrogate" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The vice president is acting as a surrogate for the president during his absence.

  • Example

    She acted as a surrogate mother for her sister who couldn't conceive.

  • Example

    The surrogate candidate was chosen to represent the party in the upcoming election.

surrogate Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with surrogate

  • the process of carrying and delivering a baby for another person or couple


    She decided to have a surrogate pregnancy for her best friend who couldn't conceive.

  • surrogate court

    a court that handles matters related to wills, estates, and trusts


    The surrogate court will decide how to distribute the assets of the deceased.

  • a form of advertising that promotes a product indirectly by promoting a different product with the same brand name


    The company used surrogate advertising to promote its alcoholic beverages without violating the law.

Origins of surrogate

from Latin 'surrogatus', past participle of 'surrogare', meaning 'put in another's place'


Summary: surrogate in Brief

A 'surrogate' [ˈsʌrəɡət] is a substitute for someone or something else. It can refer to a person who takes on a specific role or office on behalf of another, such as a surrogate candidate. It can also refer to a woman who carries a child for another woman who cannot conceive, known as a surrogate mother. Other phrases include 'surrogate pregnancy,' 'surrogate court,' and 'surrogate advertising.'

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