What does Advocate mean?

Definitions for Advocate
ˈæd vəˌkeɪt; -kɪt, -ˌkeɪtad·vo·cate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. advocate, advocator, proponent, exponentnoun

    a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea

  2. advocate, counsel, counselor, counsellor, counselor-at-law, pleaderverb

    a lawyer who pleads cases in court

  3. recommend, urge, advocateverb

    push for something

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

  4. preach, advocateverb

    speak, plead, or argue in favor of

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


  1. advocatenoun

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

  2. advocatenoun

    Anyone who argues the case of another; an intercessor.

  3. advocatenoun

    A person who speaks in support of something.

  4. advocatenoun

    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. advocateverb

    To argue for someone else.

  6. advocateverb

    To encourage support for something.

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ADVOCATEnoun

    Etymology: advocatus, Lat.

    An advocate, in the general import of the word, is that person who has the pleading and management of a judicial cause. In a strict way of speaking, only that person is stiled advocate, who is the patron of the cause, and is often, in Latin, termed togatus, and, in English, a person of the long robe. John Ayliffe, Par.

    Learn what thou ow’st thy country and thy friend;
    What’s requisite to spare, and what to spend:
    Learn this; and, after, envy not the store
    Of the greas’d advocate that grinds the poor. John Dryden, Perseus.

    If she dares trust me with her little babe,
    I’ll shew’t the king, and undertake to be
    Her advocate to th’ loudest. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    Of the several forms of government that have been, or are, in the world, that cause seems commonly the better, that has the better advocate, or is advantaged by fresher experience. William Temple, Miscellanies.

    Foes to all living worth except your own,
    And advocates for folly dead and gone. Alexander Pope, Epistles.

    Me his advocate,
    And propitiation; all his works on me,
    Good, or not good, ingraft. John Milton, Paradise Lost.


  1. Advocate

    An advocate is a professional or in the field of law. Different countries' legal systems use the term with somewhat differing meanings. The broad equivalent in many English law–based jurisdictions could be a barrister or a solicitor. However, in Scottish, South African, Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Scandinavian, Polish, Israeli, South Asian and South American jurisdictions, "advocate" indicates a lawyer of superior classification."Advocate" is in some languages an honorific for lawyers, such as "Adv. Sir Alberico Gentili". "Advocate" also has the everyday meaning of speaking out to help someone else, such as patient advocacy or the support expected from an elected politician; those senses are not covered by this article.


  1. Advocate

    An advocate is someone who actively supports or defends a cause, idea, or individual. They work towards promoting, defending, and representing the interests, rights, or welfare of others. Advocates strive to raise awareness, champion for justice, and drive positive change in various areas such as social justice, education, health, or environment. They may use their voice, influence, or expertise to advocate for policies, programs, or resources that benefit the marginalized, vulnerable, or disadvantaged populations. The role of an advocate can involve lobbying, public speaking, organizing campaigns, providing support or guidance, or working within legal frameworks to address issues and ensure equitable outcomes.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Advocatenoun

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

  2. Advocatenoun

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

  3. Advocatenoun

    christ, considered as an intercessor

  4. Advocatenoun

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

  5. Advocateverb

    to act as advocate

  6. Etymology: [See Advocate, n., Advoke, Avow.]


  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".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Advocate

    ad′vo-kāt, n. an intercessor or defender: one who pleads the cause of another, esp. in a court of law in Scotland and France.—v.t. to plead in favour of: to recommend.—ns. Advocā′tion; Ad′vocator.—Lord Advocate, the first law-officer of the crown and public prosecutor of crimes for Scotland. [O. Fr. avocat—L. advocatusadvocāre, -ātumad, to, vocāre, to call: to call in (another to help, as in a lawsuit or in sickness).]

Editors Contribution

  1. advocatenoun

    The Greek word parakletos means one called alongside to help, counsel, or protect; it is used of the Holy Spirit in God.

    As men in life, God placed our sons in order to be our advocate in the name of the Lord.

    Etymology: Righteous successor

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on September 13, 2023  

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  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Advocate in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Advocate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Advocate in a Sentence

  1. Sonya Romero:

    Being a teacher is being an advocate, being an agent for their change and to help them in any way that they need, it means really caring about these kids so they can give back and we can keep that cycle going.

  2. Howard Krooks:

    I've been preaching this my entire career, with the virus, it's a lot easier to advocate.

  3. Christopher Krebs:

    We are the advocate within the government for the researcher community, the private sector, kind of team internet, there are still clearly... some that still have reluctance to engage with the government.

  4. Todd Starnes:

    Walmart should be ashamed of itself, to advocate a view that not all lives matter is deplorable.

  5. Chris Brannigan:

    With extra weight. It's just my feet feel terrible all the time, it is really difficult to do something every day when you know it's going to be painful and your body tells you to stop, but Hasti has a rare condition, and there's not going to be a treatment unless we create it because there are no investments from pharma, from governments. These conditions need parents to advocate for their kids. And if I don’t keep taking steps, there's not going to be a treatment for CDLs.

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Translations for Advocate

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  • المؤيدArabic
  • адвака́тBelarusian
  • поддръжник, защитник, застъпвам се за, адвока́тка, адвока́тBulgarian
  • právníčka, právník, advokát, obhájceCzech
  • verteidigen, plädieren, Rechtsanwältin, RechtsanwaltGerman
  • υποστηρικτής, συνήγορος, υπέρμαχος, υπερασπιστήςGreek
  • abogar, representante, portavoz, abogada, abogado, recomendar, vocero, defensorSpanish
  • puhua puolesta, kannattaja, kannattaa, puoltaja, asianajaja, puolustaa, puolestapuhujaFinnish
  • avocate, porte-parole, plaider, préconiser, avocatFrench
  • סנגורHebrew
  • կողմնակից, փաստաբան, իրավաբանArmenian
  • pengacara, pembelaIndonesian
  • advokato, pledar, rekomendarIdo
  • sostenitore, avvocata, avvocato, sostenitriceItalian
  • עוֹרֵך דִיןHebrew
  • 説く, 主張, 支持Japanese
  • ស្មាក្ដីKhmer
  • അഭിഭാഷകന്, വക്കീല്Malayalam
  • avukat, diffensur, avukatessa, diffensuraMaltese
  • verdediger, aanbevelen, bepleiten, advocate, verdedigster, advocaat, voorstanderDutch
  • advokatNorwegian
  • adwokatka, adwokatPolish
  • advogado, defender, representante, advocar, [[argumentar]] [[a favor]], advogada, defensorPortuguese
  • побо́рник, сторо́нница, выступа́ть в защи́ту, защи́тница, побо́рница, сторо́нник, выступа́ть, адвока́т, отста́ивать, приве́рженка, защи́тник, пропаганди́ровать, приве́рженецRussian
  • zagovornik, zagovarjati, zagovornica, podpornik, podpornica, podpiratiSlovene
  • mbrojtës, avokatAlbanian
  • förespråka, förespråkare, advokat, pläderaSwedish
  • abogadoTagalog
  • وکیلUrdu
  • jilavogan, hilavogan, lavoganVolapük
  • 主張Chinese

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