Definition of advocate in English:

advocate

noun

  • 1A person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy.

    ‘he was an untiring advocate of economic reform’
    • ‘Earlier, I talked with the Senator, a longtime advocate of education reform.’
    • ‘Then again, I'm not as much of an advocate of that particular policy as I'd like to be.’
    • ‘Rather, I am a fierce advocate of basing American foreign policy on democratic principles.’
    • ‘In general, I am a strong advocate of environmental protection and saving rare animal species.’
    • ‘To begin with, I'm an advocate of very healthy fiscal policies.’
    • ‘He is a strong advocate of a policy that he describes as ‘capitalism with a human face’.’
    • ‘He accepted that Hitler was an advocate of this policy.’
    • ‘He is also an advocate of strong financial support for graduate students and their research.’
    • ‘A staunch advocate of the policy, he created it as a model institution designed to teach both academic and industrial subjects.’
    • ‘He was a staunch advocate of tariffs and protectionism.’
    • ‘He's been a leader in election law reforms the past two sessions and an advocate of consumer privacy protection.’
    • ‘I think he is a worthy advocate of the policy and he is also a worthy adversary for the press.’
    • ‘And when the US ignores that fact, it damages our own credibility as a global advocate of democratic reform.’
    • ‘And he's an enthusiastic advocate of online technology.’
    • ‘Bono has been the most consistent advocate of this policy of ‘national reconciliation.’’
    • ‘He was a prime advocate of arguments supporting the holding of terrorism suspects without access to courts.’
    • ‘We know for sure that the First Minister is not a long-term advocate of the policy.’
    • ‘‘Anyone who has been through one of these races is a huge advocate of campaign finance reform,’ he said.’
    • ‘Others championed him as an advocate of free speech.’
    • ‘A member of the Party and a former commerce minister, he is considered an advocate of free-market policies.’
    champion, upholder, supporter, backer, promoter, proponent, exponent, protector, patron
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  • 2A person who puts a case on someone else's behalf.

    ‘care managers can become advocates for their clients’
    • ‘At least the Commissioner for Children advocates on behalf of children.’
    • ‘To do otherwise would be to betray the trust that our patients place in us as advocates on their behalf.’
    • ‘I'm not bashful about being an advocate on behalf of our communities.’
    • ‘In such instances, the therapist may encounter requests to participate as an advocate for the client.’
    • ‘The statement in the brief was my position as an advocate for a client.’
    1. 2.1A professional pleader in a court of justice.
      ‘solicitors may act as advocates in Crown Courts’
      • ‘The persons who appear and do counsel work, either in drawing pleadings or appearing in court as an advocate.’
      • ‘That may or may not say something about English pleaders, English advocates, and English jurors.’
      • ‘Many juvenile court advocates harshly criticized how the police handled young offenders.’
      • ‘Your Honours, at common law there is absolute privilege for what is said in court by an advocate.’
      • ‘Like all lawyers, they are required to act as officers of the court as well as advocates.’
    2. 2.2
      Scottish and South African term for barrister
      • ‘The State advocates and legal aid counsel who were expected to arrive last weekend have not yet arrived.’
      • ‘Both counsels, advocate for the State and for the defence, will resume argument today.’
      • ‘The High Court has 350 advocates on the Bar, only 15% are black.’
      • ‘The advocates contended that their clients were unaware of the attempts to evict them because they were not notified.’
      • ‘Replying to a question by the advocate, he said he had not seen his client firing the rifle.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Publicly recommend or support.

    ‘voters supported candidates who advocated an Assembly’
    • ‘Yet I am not advocating a crass rationalism in which reverence, empathy and love have no place.’
    • ‘Simply running an ad advocating a position on a law has gotten them into a criminal court.’
    • ‘He has often publicly advocated a life ban for those athletes who test positive.’
    • ‘On web sites, people have been advocating violent confrontation with the police.’
    • ‘We have also had one of the major political parties advocating franchise rights for prisoners in HM prisons.’
    • ‘Lafontaine has recently come close to publicly advocating a grand coalition.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, he is advocating a fine balance between free trade and trade restriction.’
    • ‘Now is anybody suggesting for one moment the business sector would not be able to in fact advocate on its behalf?’
    • ‘So all the president is doing is advocating a law that would harm his opponents and not him.’
    • ‘So it's not advocating acting like monsters, its saying they have no alternative.’
    • ‘He advocated a wider hunt for candidates which he said should lead to more of a meritocracy.’
    • ‘How were your safe pest control methods received by the public when you first started advocating it?’
    • ‘They have advocated reduction of the role of government and public investment.’
    • ‘He was a realist, a pragmatist who saw little sense in advocating all-out attack if there were no players to execute it.’
    • ‘Exuding confidence and advocating a positive outlook, he has no harsh words for anyone.’
    • ‘I'm not advocating laziness or saying we should stop caring about achieving our goals.’
    • ‘He is is advocating the liberalizing of access to capital for potential businesspersons.’
    • ‘He advocated overseas colonization and supported the South in the American Civil War.’
    • ‘Would the member please withdraw the comment he made about advocating separatism.’
    • ‘Nashville's radio stations were deluged with angry callers advocating a boycott of the group's albums.’
    recommend, prescribe, commend, advise, favour, approve of, support, back, uphold, subscribe to, champion, campaign on behalf of, stand up for, speak for, argue for, plead for, press for, lobby for, urge, promote, espouse, endorse, sanction, vouch for
    plug, push
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French avocat, from Latin advocatus, past participle (used as a noun) of advocare call (to one's aid), from ad- to + vocare to call.

Pronunciation:

advocate

/ˈadvəkeɪt/