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Dictionary Definition



1 a person authorized to act for another [syn: placeholder, procurator]
2 a power of attorney document given by shareholders of a corporation authorizing a specific vote on their behalf at a corporate meeting

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Etymology 1

Contraction of procuracie, from procuratia, from procuratio.


  1. Used as a proxy or acting as a proxy.
    a proxy indicator
    a proxy measurement


  1. An agent or substitute authorized to act for another person.
  2. The authority to act for another, especially when written.
  3. An interface for a service, especially for one that is remote, resource-intensive, or otherwise difficult to use directly.
  4. A measurement of one physical quantity that is used as an indicator of the value of another
agent or substitute authorized to act for another person
authority to act for another, especially when written
(software) An interface for a service
(sciences) measurement of one physical quantity that is used as an indicator of the value of another

Etymology 2

proximity + -y


  1. In the context of "gaming|slang": A proximity mine; a mine that explodes when something approaches within a certain distance.

Extensive Definition

Proxy may refer to something which acts on behalf of something else, as in:
  • Proxy card, a substitute card used in trading card games when a player does not own the substituted card and also can occur when proxy cards are not tradable
  • Proxy (climate), a measured variable used to infer the value of a variable of interest in climate research
  • Proxy fight, attempting to influence how company shareholders use their proxy votes
  • Proxy marriage, a common amongst European monarchs, where one party is not present in person to their marriage to the other
  • Proxy murder, a murder which the murderer commits at the behest of another
  • Proxy pattern, a software design pattern in computer programming
  • Proxy server, a computer network service that allows clients to make indirect network connections to other network services
    • Proxy bypass, a website to get past websites which are blocked by an administrator
  • Proxy (statistics), a measured variable used to infer the value of a variable of interest
  • Proxy voting, a vote cast on behalf of an absent person, which can be:
    • one way of casting an absentee ballot in some elections (see Absentee ballot#Proxy voting)
    • a way for parliamentarians to vote on a measure even if not present.
  • Proxy war, a war where two powers use third parties as a substitute for fighting each other directly
Proxy may also refer to:

See also

proxy in Swedish: Bulvan

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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