Advocate Definition

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To speak, plead, or argue in favor of.
Advocate a vegan diet.
American Heritage
To speak or write in support of; be in favor of.
Webster's New World
To act as an advocate.
Advocated for more stringent crime laws.
American Heritage
One who actively assists, defends, pleads, prosecutes, speaks, writes, or otherwise supports the cause of another. A lawyer. To speak, write, or otherwise support a cause by argument.
Webster's New World Law
To plead in favour of; to defend by argument, before a tribunal or the public; to support, vindicate, or recommend publicly.
One that argues for a cause; a supporter or defender.
An advocate of civil rights.
American Heritage
A person who pleads another's cause; specif., a lawyer.
Webster's New World
One that pleads in another's behalf; an intercessor.
Advocates for abused children and spouses.
American Heritage
A person who speaks or writes in support of something.
An advocate of lower taxes.
Webster's New World
A lawyer.
American Heritage

Other Word Forms of Advocate



Origin of Advocate

  • From Middle English advocat lawyer from Old French advocat from Latin advocātus past participle of advocāre to summon for counsel ad- ad- vocāre to call wekw- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French avocat, from Latin advocātus, past participle of advocāre (“to call for”).

    From Wiktionary

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