surrogate

surrogate
1. A person who functions in another's life as a substitute for some third person such as a relative who assumes the nurturing and other responsibilities of the absent parent. 2. A person who reminds one of another person so that one uses the first as an emotional substitute for the second. [L. surrogo, to put in another's place]
- mother s. one who substitutes for or takes the place of the mother.

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sur·ro·gate -gət, -.gāt n one that serves as a substitute: as
a) a representation of a person substituted through symbolizing (as in a dream) for conscious recognition of the person
b) a drug substituted for another drug
c) SURROGATE MOTHER

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n.
1. (in psychology) a person or object in someone's life that functions as a substitute for another person. In the treatment of sexual problems, when the patient does not have a partner to cooperate in treatment, a surrogate provided by the therapist acts as a sexual partner who gives service to the patient up to and including intercourse. According to psychoanalysts, people and objects in dreams can be surrogates for important individuals in a person's life.

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sur·ro·gate (surґo-gət) [L. surrogatus substituted] substitute; one put into the place of another.

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  • surrogate — [[t]sʌ̱rəgeɪt, AM sɜ͟ːr [/t]] surrogates ADJ: ADJ n You use surrogate to describe a person or thing that is given a particular role because the person or thing that should have the role is not available. Martin had become Howard Cosell s… …   English dictionary

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