- 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
transitive verb-·cat·ed, -·cat·ing
Origin of advocate< advocatethe noun
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
Usage Note: The standard form of the verb advocate is transitive, meaning “endorse” or “argue for,” as in The teacher advocated a new educational technique, which was accepted by 85 percent of the Usage Panel in our 2014 survey. Many readers balk when the verb is used to express the same meaning in an intransitive form with the preposition for : less than half (45 percent) of the Panel approved of The teacher advocated for a new educational technique. The intransitive is more acceptable, however, when the object of for is the beneficiary of the advocacy rather than the idea or action being advocated: two-thirds of the Panel approved The teacher advocated for her at-risk students. A careful writer will use transitive advocate in sentences indicating the idea or action, restricting the intransitive to sentences indicating the beneficiaries.
- 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