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Pronunciation: sur'o-gat


  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]

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