Definitions for advocateˈæd vəˌkeɪt; -kɪt, -ˌkeɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ad•vo•cateˈæd vəˌkeɪt; -kɪt, -ˌkeɪt(v.; n.)-cat•ed, -cat•ing

  1. (v.t.)to support or urge by argument; recommend publicly:

    to advocate higher salaries for teachers.

  2. (n.)a person who speaks or writes in support of a cause, person, etc. (usu. fol. by of):

    an advocate of military intervention.

  3. a person who pleads for or in behalf of another; intercessor.

  4. a person who pleads the cause of another in a court of law.

    Category: Law

Origin of advocate:

1300–50; ME avocat < MF < L advocātus legal counselor, orig. ptp. of advocāre to call to one's aid


Princeton's WordNet

  1. advocate, advocator, proponent, exponent(noun)

    a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea

  2. advocate, counsel, counselor, counsellor, counselor-at-law, pleader(verb)

    a lawyer who pleads cases in court

  3. recommend, urge, advocate(verb)

    push for something

    "The travel agent recommended strongly that we not travel on Thanksgiving Day"

  4. preach, advocate(verb)

    speak, plead, or argue in favor of

    "The doctor advocated a smoking ban in the entire house"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. advocate(verb)ˈæd vəˌkeɪt; n. -kɪt, -ˌkeɪt

    to encourage others to support an idea

    groups advocating change

  2. advocate(noun)ˈæd vəˌkeɪt; n. -kɪt, -ˌkeɪt

    sb who advocates an idea

    environmental advocates


  1. advocate(Noun)

    Someone whose job is to speak for someone's case in a court of law; a counsel.

  2. advocate(Noun)

    Anyone who argues the case of another; an intercessor.

  3. advocate(Noun)

    A person who speaks in support of something.

  4. advocate(Noun)

    A person who supports someone to make their voice heard, or ideally to speak up for themselves.

    Since she started working with her advocate she has become much more confident.

  5. advocate(Verb)

    To argue for someone else.

  6. advocate(Verb)

    To encourage support for something.

    I like trees, but I do not advocate living in them.

  7. Origin: From avocat, from advocatus, past participle of advocare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Advocate(noun)

    one who pleads the cause of another. Specifically: One who pleads the cause of another before a tribunal or judicial court; a counselor

  2. Advocate(noun)

    one who defends, vindicates, or espouses any cause by argument; a pleader; as, an advocate of free trade, an advocate of truth

  3. Advocate(noun)

    christ, considered as an intercessor

  4. Advocate(noun)

    to plead in favor of; to defend by argument, before a tribunal or the public; to support, vindicate, or recommend publicly

  5. Advocate(verb)

    to act as advocate


  1. Advocate

    An advocate is a type of professional lawyer in several different legal systems. These include Scotland, Belgium, South Africa, India, Scandinavian jurisdictions, Israel, and the British Crown dependencies of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man. The broad equivalent in many English law-based jurisdictions is "barrister".

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'advocate' in Verbs Frequency: #801

Anagrams of advocate

  1. avocated

Translations for advocate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a supporter, a person who is in favour (of)

an advocate of reform.

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