- The definition of an advocate is someone who fights for something or someone, especially someone who fights for the rights of others.
An example of an advocate is a lawyer who specializes in child protection and who speaks for abused children in court.
- Advocate is defined as to speak, write or stand up for something or someone.
An example of advocate is a parent fighting for special education services for her child.
- a person who pleads another's cause; specif., a lawyer
- a person who speaks or writes in support of something: an advocate of lower taxes
Origin of advocateMiddle English advocat, avocat ; from Classical Latin advocatus, a counselor ; from advocare, to summon (for aid) ; from ad-, to + vocare, to call
verbad·vo·cat·ed, ad·vo·cat·ing, ad·vo·cates
- One that argues for a cause; a supporter or defender: an advocate of civil rights.
- One that pleads in another's behalf; an intercessor: advocates for abused children and spouses.
- A lawyer.
Origin of advocateFrom Middle English advocat, lawyer, from Old French advocat, from Latin advocātus, past participle of advocāre, to summon for counsel : ad-, ad- + vocāre, to call; see wekw- in Indo-European roots.
- ad′vo·ca′tive, ad·voc′a·to′ry
- Someone whose job is to speak for someone's case in a court of law; a counsel. [from 14th c.]
- Anyone who argues the case of another; an intercessor. [from 14th c.]
- A person who speaks in support of something. [from 18th c.]
- A person who supports others to make their voices heard, or ideally for them to speak up for themselves.
- Since she started working with her advocate, she has become much more confident.
(third-person singular simple present advocates, present participle advocating, simple past and past participle advocated)
advocate - Legal Definition