- 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.
Origin of advocate
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Examples from the Web for advocated
He said he had found it repulsive, because to him it had advocated Islamic militancy.Religion, Race, and a Broadway Hit: The Making of ‘Disgraced’
November 10, 2014
Julian Suvalescu, professor of practical ethics at Oxford, has advocated a position he calls “procreative beneficence.”Richard Dawkins Would Fail Philosophy 101
August 28, 2014
The former congresswoman has advocated for tighter gun laws after being the victim of a near-fatal shooting in Tucson in 2011.Ice Bucket Challenge Leads to Political Trolling
August 21, 2014
Some Christians opposed the Civil Rights movement while others marched and advocated for racial equality.Even Conservative Evangelical Support Couldn’t Save Immigration Reform
July 6, 2014
Did Fabby claim that Sharaf had given money to radical organizations or advocated overthrowing our government?How I Made Sure a Texas Tea Party Candidate Accepted ‘Dirty’ Muslim Money
May 27, 2014
Advocated with more heat than light by the outmates of every asylum for the insane.The Devil's Dictionary
I have the greatest admiration for the moral and social idealism which is advocated.Mountain Meditations
It was advocated by them, Smith of Royalton and others, but was lost by 99 yeas, 113 nays.
He advocated turning the other cheek but did not criticize war.The Mistakes of Jesus
It was shared and advocated by many of the best and ablest men.
- (tr; may take a clause as object) to support or recommend publicly; plead for or speak in favour of
Word Origin and History for advocated
1640s, from advocate (n.). Related: Advocated; advocating; advocation.
mid-14c., "one whose profession is to plead cases in a court of justice," a technical term from Roman law, from Old French avocat "barrister, advocate, spokesman," from Latin advocatus "one called to aid; a pleader, advocate," noun use of past participle of advocare "to call" (as witness or advisor) from ad- "to" (see ad-) + vocare "to call," related to vocem (see voice (n.)). Also in Middle English as "one who intercedes for another," and "protector, champion, patron." Feminine forms advocatess, advocatrice were in use in 15c.