—n., adj.sûr'u-gāt", -git, sur'-;
—v.sûr'u-gāt", sur'-), [key]
—n., adj., v., -gat•ed, -gat•ing.
1. a person appointed to act for another; deputy.
2. (in some states) a judicial officer having jurisdiction over the probate of wills, the administration of estates, etc.
3. the deputy of an ecclesiastical judge, esp. of a bishop or a bishop's chancellor.
4. a substitute.
5. a surrogate mother.
1. regarded or acting as a surrogate: a surrogate father.
2. involving or indicating the use of a surrogate mother to conceive or carry an embryo: surrogate parenting.
1. to put into the place of another as a successor, substitute, or deputy; substitute for another.
2. to subrogate.
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