Definition of advocate in English:

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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.
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.
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.
Example sentences
  • 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.


Pronunciation: /ˈadvəkeɪt/
[with object]
Publicly recommend or support: voters supported candidates who advocated an Assembly
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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, commend, advise, favour, approve of, support, back, uphold, subscribe to, champion, campaign on behalf of, stand up for, speak for, argue for, plead for, press for, lobby for, urge, promote, espouse, endorse, sanction, vouch for
informal plug, push



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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.


Pronunciation: /advəˈkeɪʃ(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.


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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