[ verb ad-vuh-keyt; noun ad-vuh-kit, -keyt ]
/ verb ˈæd vəˌkeɪt; noun ˈæd və kɪt, -ˌkeɪt /
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.
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
ad·vo·ca·tive, adjectivead·vo·ca·tor, nounnon·ad·vo·cate, nounpre·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, nounun·ad·vo·cat·ed, adjectivewell-ad·vo·cat·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for advocator
(tr; may take a clause as object) to support or recommend publicly; plead for or speak in favour of
noun (ˈædvəkɪt, -ˌkeɪt)
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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