Definition of “proxy” - English Dictionary

“proxy” in British English

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proxynoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈprɒk.si/ us /ˈprɑːk.si/

authority given to a person to act for someone else, such as by voting for them in an election, or the person who this authority is given to:

a proxy vote
My brother's voting for me by proxy in the club elections.
Can I nominate someone as a proxy to sign for me?

(Definition of “proxy” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“proxy” in American English

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proxynoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈprɑk·si/

authority given to someone to act for you, as by voting as your representative in an election, or the person to whom this authority is given

(Definition of “proxy” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“proxy” in Business English

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proxynoun

uk /ˈprɒksi/ us

[ C or U ] a written document that officially gives someone the authority to do something for another person, for example by voting at a meeting for them:

A creditor may give a proxy to any person of full age requiring him or her to vote for or against any specified resolution.

[ C or U ] a person who you choose to do something officially for you, for example to vote at a meeting or in an election when you are not able to vote yourself:

Your proxy does not necessarily have to sign the form himself or herself.
Any patron with a registered ballot book may participate in the minimum-bid auction in person Saturday, or via proxy.
proxy votes/voting
by proxy

if you do something by proxy, you officially ask someone else to do it for you:

New rules have ended the practice of allowing members to vote by proxy.

[ C ] a situation, process, or activity to which another situation, etc. is compared, especially in order to calculate how successful or unsuccessful it is:

a proxy for sth Wall Street typically uses volume growth as a proxy for the underlying health of a business.

(Definition of “proxy” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)