Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To substitute (one person) for another.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To replace one person with another.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To put in the place of another; to substitute.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To put in the place of another; substitute. See surrogate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. substitute one creditor for another, as in the case where an insurance company sues the person who caused an accident for the insured

Etymologies

Middle English *subrogaten, from Latin subrogāre, subrogāt- : sub-, instead of; see sub- + rogāre, to ask; see reg- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Latin subrogare from sub, under + rogare, to ask. A variant of surrogate. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Kobo's policy cannot subrogate the copyright rules held by publishers and authors.

    Why Buying from Kobo Books is Better than the Amazon Kindle Store

  • Not to mention that they don't see as a brewery that's willing to subrogate themselves to a larger power as containing the ideals necessary to truly run a "craft" in the sense of "artisan" brewery.

    Would You Know Me If You Saw Me?

  • For the last six months, after settling with both insurers, now my health insurer, APWU, TheAmerican Postal Workers UnionHeath Planwants to subrogate against me for the cost of two serious neck surgeries.

    I guess I could glean some hope from the Wal-Mart case but...

  • Thus implicit in most forms of social contract is that freedom of movement is a fundamental or natural right which society may not legitimately require an individual to subrogate to the sovereign will.

    Asked at the Saddleback Forum "when does a[n unborn] baby get human rights," why did Obama say the answer is "above my pay grade"?

  • Again, the owner can subrogate certain rights, such as allowing others to visit and engage in certain activities.

    Let the games begin!

  • And then the carrier will subrogate against the guy who jumped.

    Drudge Retort

  • If Mill does indeed do a deal with RBS to pay off the loan and subrogate the position of RBS then the shareholders, whoever they are, may change the board in anyway they want if Mill does not have any right of veto in contract.

    BBC Ouch! Blog

  • Basically, the United States was willing to pay claims owed by Iran to the terrorist victims, and then subrogate those claims against Iran after payment was made.

    Opinio Juris

  • They appeared to understand that the United States was seeking a mechanism to pay terrorist victims and subrogate their claims against Iran, but also was to do so, in the words of Justice Breyer, "consistent with the proper running, in the interests of the United States, of the Iran - [United States] Claims Tribunal."

    Opinio Juris

  • The new rule is an exception to the company's right to subrogate against a covered person completely in cases of 1) paraplegia or quadriplegia; 2) severe burns; 3) total and permanent physical or mental disability; or 4) death.

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