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advocate Syllabification: ad·vo·cate

Definition of advocate in English:


Pronunciation: /ˈadvəkət/
1A person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy: he was an untiring advocate of economic reform
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  • He was a prime advocate of arguments supporting the holding of terrorism suspects without access to courts.
  • He is also an advocate of strong financial support for graduate students and their research.
  • I think he is a worthy advocate of the policy and he is also a worthy adversary for the press.
champion, upholder, supporter, backer, promoter, proponent, exponent, spokesman, spokeswoman, spokesperson, campaigner, fighter, crusader;
informal libber
1.1A person who pleads on someone else’s behalf: care managers can become advocates for their clients
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  • To do otherwise would be to betray the trust that our patients place in us as advocates on their behalf.
  • I'm not bashful about being an advocate on behalf of our communities.
  • At least the Commissioner for Children advocates on behalf of children.
1.2A pleader in a court of law; a lawyer: Marshall was a skilled advocate but a mediocre judge
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  • Like all lawyers, they are required to act as officers of the court as well as advocates.
  • That may or may not say something about English pleaders, English advocates, and English jurors.
  • Your Honours, at common law there is absolute privilege for what is said in court by an advocate.


Pronunciation: /ˈadvəˌkāt/
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Publicly recommend or support: they advocated an ethical foreign policy
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  • He advocated overseas colonization and supported the South in the American Civil War.
  • He has often publicly advocated a life ban for those athletes who test positive.
  • Lafontaine has recently come close to publicly advocating a grand coalition.
recommend, prescribe, advise, urge;
support, back, favor, espouse, endorse, uphold, subscribe to, champion, campaign on behalf of, speak for, argue for, lobby for, promote


Pronunciation: /ˌadvəˈkāSH(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • None of these dissidents has so far expressed such clear advocation of a secular society.
  • So I would say most of it ultimately is our advocation.
  • There is an overt advocation of group hatred evolving here that should be offensive to everyone.
Pronunciation: /-ˌkātər/
Example sentences
  • The advocators of this project highlight the creation of five to eight jobs on site.
  • I, being the big-hearted, advocator of justice and defender of truth, shall tell you.
  • He has been a long time advocator of the development of underage structures to be put in place in the county.


Middle English: from Old French avocat, from Latin advocatus, past participle (used as a noun) of advocare 'call (to one's aid)', from ad- 'to' + vocare 'to call'.

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