Definition of advocate in English:

advocate

Line breaks: ad¦vo|cate

noun

Pronunciation: /ˈadvəkət
 
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  • 2A person who puts a case 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.
  • 2.1A professional pleader in a court of justice: solicitors may act as advocates in Crown Courts
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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.
    Synonyms
    barrister, lawyer, counsel, counsellor, professional pleader, legal practitioner; North American attorney; North American & Irish counsellor-at-law
    informal brief
  • 2.2 Scottish and South African term for barrister.
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    • The State advocates and legal aid counsel who were expected to arrive last weekend have not yet arrived.
    • Replying to a question by the advocate, he said he had not seen his client firing the rifle.
    • Both counsels, advocate for the State and for the defence, will resume argument today.

verb

Pronunciation: /ˈadvəkeɪt
 
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Derivatives

advocateship

noun
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  • When I had somewhat considered the excellency of the advocateship, I adventured to write what I have seen thereof.
  • He was a graduate of the School of Law with 16 years of advocateship in Belarus.

advocation

noun
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  • 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.

Origin

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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