• (adjective and noun) IPA: /ˈsʌɹəɡɨt/
  • (verb) IPA: /ˈsʌɹəɡeɪt/

surrogate (plural surrogates)

  1. A substitute (usually of a person, position or role).
    Synonyms: Thesaurus:substitute
    A mixture of horseradish and mustard often serves as a surrogate for wasabi.
  2. A person or animal that acts as a substitute for the social or pastoral role of another, such as a surrogate mother.
  3. (chiefly, British) A deputy for a bishop in granting licences for marriage.
  4. (US, politics) A politician or person of influence campaigning for a presidential candidate.
  5. (US law) A judicial officer of limited jurisdiction, who administers matters of probate and interstate succession and, in some cases, adoptions.
  6. (computing) Any of a range of Unicode codepoints which are used in pairs in UTF-16 to represent characters beyond the Basic Multilingual Plane.
  7. (economics) An ersatz good.
  8. (databases) Ellipsis of surrogate key#English|surrogate key
Translations Translations
  • French: substitut, personne de substitution
  • German: Ersatz, Substitut
  • Russian: замести́тель
Translations Adjective


  1. Of, concerning, relating to or acting as a substitute.

surrogate (surrogates, present participle surrogating; past and past participle surrogated)

  1. (transitive) To replace or substitute something with something else; appoint a successor.
    Synonyms: deputize, foster, replace, subrogate, substitute
  • Spanish: subrogar (law)

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