Definition of advocate in English:



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

    ‘he was an untiring advocate of economic reform’
    • ‘We know for sure that the First Minister is not a long-term advocate of the policy.’
    • ‘A staunch advocate of the policy, he created it as a model institution designed to teach both academic and industrial subjects.’
    • ‘And he's an enthusiastic advocate of online technology.’
    • ‘Earlier, I talked with the Senator, a longtime advocate of education reform.’
    • ‘He is also an advocate of strong financial support for graduate students and their research.’
    • ‘A member of the Party and a former commerce minister, he is considered an advocate of free-market policies.’
    • ‘He's been a leader in election law reforms the past two sessions and an advocate of consumer privacy protection.’
    • ‘To begin with, I'm an advocate of very healthy fiscal policies.’
    • ‘Bono has been the most consistent advocate of this policy of ‘national reconciliation.’’
    • ‘I think he is a worthy advocate of the policy and he is also a worthy adversary for the press.’
    • ‘He was a prime advocate of arguments supporting the holding of terrorism suspects without access to courts.’
    • ‘He accepted that Hitler was an advocate of this policy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Others championed him as an advocate of free speech.’
    • ‘Then again, I'm not as much of an advocate of that particular policy as I'd like to be.’
    • ‘He was a staunch advocate of tariffs and protectionism.’
    • ‘He is a strong advocate of a policy that he describes as ‘capitalism with a human face’.’
    • ‘‘Anyone who has been through one of these races is a huge advocate of campaign finance reform,’ he said.’
    • ‘And when the US ignores that fact, it damages our own credibility as a global advocate of democratic reform.’
    champion, upholder, supporter, backer, promoter, proponent, exponent, protector, patron
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    1. 1.1A person who pleads on someone else's behalf.
      ‘care managers can become advocates for their clients’
      • ‘In such instances, the therapist may encounter requests to participate as an advocate for the client.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The statement in the brief was my position as an advocate for a client.’
    2. 1.2A pleader in a court of law; a lawyer.
      ‘Marshall was a skilled advocate but a mediocre judge’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Like all lawyers, they are required to act as officers of the court as well as advocates.’
      • ‘The persons who appear and do counsel work, either in drawing pleadings or appearing in court as an advocate.’
      • ‘Your Honours, at common law there is absolute privilege for what is said in court by an advocate.’
      barrister, lawyer, counsel, counsellor, professional pleader, legal practitioner
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  • Publicly recommend or support.

    ‘they advocated an ethical foreign policy’
    • ‘So it's not advocating acting like monsters, its saying they have no alternative.’
    • ‘On web sites, people have been advocating violent confrontation with the police.’
    • ‘He advocated overseas colonization and supported the South in the American Civil War.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘We have also had one of the major political parties advocating franchise rights for prisoners in HM prisons.’
    • ‘Yet I am not advocating a crass rationalism in which reverence, empathy and love have no place.’
    • ‘Exuding confidence and advocating a positive outlook, he has no harsh words for anyone.’
    • ‘He has often publicly advocated a life ban for those athletes who test positive.’
    • ‘Lafontaine has recently come close to publicly advocating a grand coalition.’
    • ‘Simply running an ad advocating a position on a law has gotten them into a criminal court.’
    • ‘He advocated a wider hunt for candidates which he said should lead to more of a meritocracy.’
    • ‘He was a realist, a pragmatist who saw little sense in advocating all-out attack if there were no players to execute it.’
    • ‘So all the president is doing is advocating a law that would harm his opponents and not him.’
    • ‘He is is advocating the liberalizing of access to capital for potential businesspersons.’
    • ‘How were your safe pest control methods received by the public when you first started advocating it?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They have advocated reduction of the role of government and public investment.’
    • ‘I'm not advocating laziness or saying we should stop caring about achieving our goals.’
    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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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.