V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


noun, adjective

Definition: (n.) 1. a person who acts in place of another, especially in an official capacity; 2. something that takes the place of another; (adj.) taking the place of something

Synonyms: (n.) substitute, alternate, fill-in, replacement, (adj.) temporary, alternate, substituting

Antonyms: permanent, original

Tips: Surrogate is derived from the Latin surrogare, which means "to substitute." Surrogate can be used as both a noun and an adjective to refer to someone who takes the place of someone else. "Surrogate mother" is a common phrase used to describe a woman who carries another woman's baby through preagnancy..

Usage Examples:

When the President cannot make it to an engagement, the Vice President often serves as his surrogate. (substitute, fill-in, replacement) noun

Preschool teachers serve as a surrogate family while the children's parents are at work. (temporary, substitute, fill-in) adjective

Because the couple cannot have children of their own, they will look for a suitable surrogate mother. (substitute) adjective

Because she is afraid to fly, reading books about far-away destinations serves as surrogate travel for her. (replacement, substitute) adjective

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