Synonyms & Antonyms of advocate

(Entry 1 of 2)

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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How is the word advocate different from other verbs like it?

Some common synonyms of advocate are back, champion, support, and uphold. While all these words mean "to favor actively one that meets opposition," advocate stresses urging or pleading.

advocated prison reform

When is it sensible to use back instead of advocate?

Although the words back and advocate have much in common, back suggests supporting by lending assistance to one failing or falling.

refusing to back the call for sanctions

When can champion be used instead of advocate?

In some situations, the words champion and advocate are roughly equivalent. However, champion suggests publicly defending one unjustly attacked or too weak to advocate his or her own cause.

championed the rights of children

When is support a more appropriate choice than advocate?

The synonyms support and advocate are sometimes interchangeable, but support is least explicit about the nature of the assistance given.

supports waterfront development

Where would uphold be a reasonable alternative to advocate?

While the synonyms uphold and advocate are close in meaning, uphold implies extended support given to something attacked.

upheld the legitimacy of the military action

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

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“Advocate.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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