advocate

[verb ad-vuh-keyt; noun ad-vuh-kit, -keyt]
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verb (used with object), ad·vo·cat·ed, ad·vo·cat·ing.

to speak or write in favor of; support or urge by argument; recommend publicly: He advocated higher salaries for teachers.

verb (used without object), ad·vo·cat·ed, ad·vo·cat·ing.

to act as an advocate: a father who advocates for his disabled child.

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. advisory teacher,
  2. advocaat,
  3. advocacy,
  4. advocacy journalism,
  5. advocacy tank,
  6. advocate depute,
  7. advocation,
  8. advocatory,
  9. advocatus diaboli,
  10. advowson

Origin of advocate

1300–50; < Latin advocātus legal counselor (orig. past participle of advocāre to call to one's aid), equivalent to ad- ad- + voc- call (akin to vōx voice) + -ātus -ate1; replacing Middle English avocat < Middle French

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British Dictionary definitions for advocative

advocate

verb (ˈædvəˌkeɪt)

(tr; may take a clause as object) to support or recommend publicly; plead for or speak in favour of

noun (ˈædvəkɪt, -ˌkeɪt)

a person who upholds or defends a cause; supporter
a person who intercedes on behalf of another
a person who pleads his client's cause in a court of lawSee also barrister, solicitor, counsellor
Scots law the usual word for barrister
Derived Formsadvocatory, adjective

Word Origin for advocate

C14: via Old French from Latin advocātus legal witness, advocate, from advocāre to call as witness, from vocāre to call

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Word Origin and History for advocative
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