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advocate

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noun ad·vo·cate \ˈad-və-kət, -ˌkāt\

Simple Definition of advocate

  • : a person who argues for or supports a cause or policy

  • : a person who works for a cause or group

  • : a person who argues for the cause of another person in a court of law

Full Definition of advocate

  1. 1 :  one that pleads the cause of another; specifically :  one that pleads the cause of another before a tribunal or judicial court

  2. 2 :  one that defends or maintains a cause or proposal

  3. 3 :  one that supports or promotes the interests of another

Examples of advocate

  1. He has paid respectful attention to the home schooling movement by meeting with its advocates and endorsing their cause. —Elizabeth Drew, New York Review of Books, 10 June 2004

  2. … two of nanotechnology's biggest advocates square off on a fundamental question that will dramatically affect the future development of this field. —K. Eric Drexler et al., Chemical & Engineering News, 1 Dec. 2003

  3. Ms. Hart was familiar with local medical-review policies from her work as a patient advocate. —Laurie McGinley, Wall Street Journal, 16 Sept. 2003

  4. a passionate advocate of civil rights

  5. She works as a consumer advocate.



Origin of advocate

Middle English advocat, from Anglo-French, from Latin advocatus, from past participle of advocare to summon, from ad- + vocare to call, from voc-, vox voice — more at voice


First Known Use: 14th century

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advocate

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verb ad·vo·cate \ˈad-və-ˌkāt\

Simple Definition of advocate

  • : to support or argue for (a cause, policy, etc.)

Full Definition of advocate

ad·vo·cat·edad·vo·cat·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to plead in favor of

ad·vo·ca·tion play \ˌad-və-ˈkā-shən\ noun
ad·vo·ca·tive play \ˈad-və-ˌkā-tiv\ adjective
ad·vo·ca·tor play \-ˌkā-tər\ noun

Examples of advocate

  1. … it makes sense to commence with … a good medium-weight Chardonnay for the wine aficionados. I advocate one with a little oak and lots of fruit … —Anthony Dias Blue, Bon Appétit, November 1997

  2. He advocated the creation of a public promenade along the sea, with arbors and little green tables for the consumption of beer … —Henry James, The American, 1877

  3. He advocates traditional teaching methods.

  4. The plan is advocated by the president.



Origin of advocate

(see 1advocate)


First Known Use: 1599

Synonym Discussion of advocate

support, uphold, advocate, back, champion mean to favor actively one that meets opposition. support is least explicit about the nature of the assistance given <supports waterfront development>. uphold implies extended support given to something attacked <upheld the legitimacy of the military action>. advocate stresses urging or pleading <advocated prison reform>. back suggests supporting by lending assistance to one failing or falling <refusing to back the call for sanctions>. champion suggests publicly defending one unjustly attacked or too weak to advocate his or her own cause <championed the rights of children>.


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