1. One that takes the place of another; a substitute. 2a. A person or animal that functions as a substitute for another, as in a social or family role. b. A surrogate mother. 3. Psychology A figure of authority who takes the place of the father or mother in a person's unconscious or emotional life. 4. Law A judge in New York and some other states having jurisdiction over the probate of wills and the settlement of estates.
Inflected forms: sur·ro·gat·ed, sur·ro·gat·ing, sur·ro·gates(-gt)1. To put in the place of another, especially as a successor; replace. 2. To appoint (another) as a replacement for oneself.
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