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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Anglo-French
Origin: procuracie, from Latin procuratio, from procurare; PROCURE

proxy

1 noun
     
prox‧y1 plural proxies
1

by proxy

if you do something by proxy, you arrange for someone else to do it for you:
You can vote by proxy.
2 [uncountable and countable] someone who you choose to represent you, especially to vote for you
proxy for
a husband acting as proxy for his wife
3 [countable + for] formal something used to represent something else that you want to measure

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