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1 a person who actively supports or favors a cause
  • Mark Twain, Noah Webster, and President Theodore Roosevelt are among past advocates of a reformed spelling system

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2 a person whose profession is to conduct lawsuits for clients or to advise about legal rights and obligations
  • with such a strong case against him, he's going to need the best advocate that money can buy

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Synonyms & Antonyms of advocate (Entry 2 of 2)

to promote the interests or cause of
  • environmentalists advocating agricultural methods designed to slow the destruction of rain forests

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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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The first known use of advocate was in the 14th century

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“Advocate.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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one that suddenly gains wealth or power

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