- 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 advocating
Jumaane Williams, a City Council member known for advocating police reform, spoke at the press conference.Eric Garner Protesters Have a Direct Line to City Hall
December 11, 2014
And they did so with a clear policy agenda, advocating for the needs of an affected community and trying to enact change.Amid Unrest, Afghan Women Push For Role in Peace Process
October 17, 2014
Steinauer has a long history of advocating for change in abortion education from within medical institutions themselves.The Internet’s First Abortion Class
October 6, 2014
The measures these women are advocating will pass, Pelosi said.Square Deal, New Deal, and Now, From Hillary Clinton, a “Fair Shot”
September 19, 2014
A Change.org petition to the British Embassy advocating for attention on the case was shut down, after 516 signatures.Lesbian Brit Kidnapped to Be ‘Cured’ in Congo
August 29, 2014
This last speech was most unhappy and impolitic for the side he was advocating.
I am quite aware of the dangers of this new departure which I am advocating.The Preacher and His Models
From Jefferson's time Southern statesmen had been advocating the purchase of Cuba.The American Empire
“I bet they been advocating the taking of us in,” chuckled Jimmy.Mr. Opp
Alice Hegan Rice
Of his earnestness in advocating it there was not the slightest question.The Flag
- (tr; may take a clause as object) to support or recommend publicly; plead for or speak in favour of
Word Origin and History for advocating
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.