surrogate Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “surrogate” in the English Dictionary

"surrogate" in British English

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surrogateadjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈsʌr.ə.ɡət/  us   /ˈsɝː-/
replacing someone ​else or used ​instead of something ​else: Because she had no ​children of her own, her friend's ​sonbecame a ​kind of surrogate ​child to her.

surrogatenoun

uk   /ˈsʌr.ə.ɡət/  us   /ˈsɝː-/
[C] something that ​replaces or is used ​instead of something ​else: For some ​people, ​readingtravelbooks is a surrogate foractualtravel. (also surrogate mother) a woman who has a ​baby for another ​person who is ​unable to ​becomepregnant or have a ​baby: She has ​agreed to ​act as a surrogate mother for her ​sister.
(Definition of surrogate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"surrogate" in American English

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surrogatenoun [C]

 us   /ˈsɜr·ə·ɡɪt, -ˌɡeɪt/
someone or something that ​replaces or is used ​instead of someone or something ​else; a substitute for another: She ​seems to ​regard him as a surrogate for her ​father.
(Definition of surrogate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “surrogate”
in Spanish sustituto, suplente…
in Vietnamese người, vật thay thế…
in Malaysian pengganti…
in Thai ตัวแทน…
in French substitut…
in German der Ersatz…
in Chinese (Simplified) 替代的, 代理的…
in Turkish vekil, yerine geçen…
in Russian заменяющий…
in Indonesian pengganti…
in Chinese (Traditional) 替代的, 代理的…
in Polish zastępczy…
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