[ 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.
Words nearby advocate
Origin of advocate
OTHER WORDS FROM 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 non-advocate
(tr; may take a clause as object) to support or recommend publicly; plead for or speak in favour of
noun (ˈædvəkɪt, -ˌkeɪt)
Derived forms of advocateadvocatory, 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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