to speak or write in favor of; support or urge by argument; recommend publicly: He advocated higher salaries for teachers.
to act as an advocate: a father who advocates for his disabled child.
a person who speaks or writes in support or defense of a person, cause, etc. (usually followed by of): an advocate of peace.
a person who pleads for or in behalf of another; intercessor.
a person who pleads the cause of another in a court of law.
- ad·vo·ca·tive, adjective
- ad·vo·ca·tor, noun
- non·ad·vo·cate, noun
- pre·ad·vo·cate, noun
- pre·ad·vo·cate, verb (used with object), pre·ad·vo·cat·ed, pre·ad·vo·cat·ing.
- re·ad·vo·cate, verb (used with object), re·ad·vo·cat·ed, re·ad·vo·cat·ing.
- sub·ad·vo·cate, noun
- un·ad·vo·cat·ed, adjective
- well-ad·vo·cat·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for advocate
(tr; may take a clause as object) to support or recommend publicly; plead for or speak in favour of
- advocatory, adjective
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