verb (used with object), ad·vo·cat·ed, ad·vo·cat·ing.
verb (used without object), ad·vo·cat·ed, ad·vo·cat·ing.
- advisory teacher,
- advocacy journalism,
- advocacy tank,
- advocate depute,
- advocatus diaboli,
Origin of advocate
noun (ˈædvəkɪt, -ˌkeɪt)
Word Origin for advocate
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.