Advocate Definition

ădvə-kāt
advocated, advocates, advocating
verb
advocated, advocates, advocating
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.
Wiktionary
noun
advocates
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
A person who speaks or writes in support of something.
An advocate of lower taxes.
Webster's New World
A lawyer.
American Heritage
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.
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Other Word Forms of Advocate

Noun

Singular:
advocate
Plural:
advocates

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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