Meaning of “surrogate” in the English Dictionary

"surrogate" in British English

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surrogateadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈsʌr.ə.ɡət/ us /ˈsɝː.ə.ɡət/

surrogatenoun

uk /ˈsʌr.ə.ɡət/ us /ˈsɝː.ə.ɡət/

[ C ] something that replaces or is used instead of something else:

For some people, reading travel books is a surrogate for actual travel.

also surrogate mother a woman who has a baby for another person who is unable to become pregnant 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)