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ad·vo·cate

 (ăd′və-kāt′)
v. ad·vo·cat·ed, ad·vo·cat·ing, ad·vo·cates
v.tr.
To speak, plead, or argue in favor of: advocate a vegan diet. See Synonyms at support.
v.intr.
To act as an advocate: advocated for more stringent crime laws.
n. (-kĭt)
1. One that argues for a cause; a supporter or defender: an advocate of civil rights.
2. One that pleads in another's behalf; an intercessor: advocates for abused children and spouses.
3. A lawyer.

[From Middle English advocat, lawyer, from Old French advocat, from Latin advocātus, past participle of advocāre, to summon for counsel : ad-, ad- + vocāre, to call; see wekw- in Indo-European roots.]

ad′vo·ca′tion n.
ad′vo·ca′tive, ad·voc′a·to′ry (ăd-vŏk′ə-tôr′ē, ăd′və-kə-) adj.
ad′vo·ca′tor n.

advocate

vb
(tr; may take a clause as object) to support or recommend publicly; plead for or speak in favour of
n
1. a person who upholds or defends a cause; supporter
2. a person who intercedes on behalf of another
3. (Law) a person who pleads his client's cause in a court of law. See also barrister, solicitor, counsellor
4. (Law) Scots law the usual word for barrister
[C14: via Old French from Latin advocātus legal witness, advocate, from advocāre to call as witness, from vocāre to call]
ˌadvoˈcatory adj

ad•vo•cate

(v. ˈæd vəˌkeɪt; n. -kɪt, -ˌkeɪt)

v. -cat•ed, -cat•ing,
n. v.t.
1. to support or urge by argument; recommend publicly: to advocate higher salaries for teachers.
n.
2. a person who speaks or writes in support of a cause, person, etc. (usu. fol. by of): an advocate of military intervention.
3. a person who pleads for or in behalf of another; intercessor.
4. a person who pleads the cause of another in a court of law.
[1300–50; Middle English avocat < Middle French < Latin advocātus legal counselor, orig. past participle of advocāre to call to one's aid]
ad`vo•ca′tion, n.
ad′vo•ca`tive, adj.
ad′vo•ca`tor, n.

advocate


Past participle: advocated
Gerund: advocating

Imperative
advocate
advocate
Present
I advocate
you advocate
he/she/it advocates
we advocate
you advocate
they advocate
Preterite
I advocated
you advocated
he/she/it advocated
we advocated
you advocated
they advocated
Present Continuous
I am advocating
you are advocating
he/she/it is advocating
we are advocating
you are advocating
they are advocating
Present Perfect
I have advocated
you have advocated
he/she/it has advocated
we have advocated
you have advocated
they have advocated
Past Continuous
I was advocating
you were advocating
he/she/it was advocating
we were advocating
you were advocating
they were advocating
Past Perfect
I had advocated
you had advocated
he/she/it had advocated
we had advocated
you had advocated
they had advocated
Future
I will advocate
you will advocate
he/she/it will advocate
we will advocate
you will advocate
they will advocate
Future Perfect
I will have advocated
you will have advocated
he/she/it will have advocated
we will have advocated
you will have advocated
they will have advocated
Future Continuous
I will be advocating
you will be advocating
he/she/it will be advocating
we will be advocating
you will be advocating
they will be advocating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been advocating
you have been advocating
he/she/it has been advocating
we have been advocating
you have been advocating
they have been advocating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been advocating
you will have been advocating
he/she/it will have been advocating
we will have been advocating
you will have been advocating
they will have been advocating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been advocating
you had been advocating
he/she/it had been advocating
we had been advocating
you had been advocating
they had been advocating
Conditional
I would advocate
you would advocate
he/she/it would advocate
we would advocate
you would advocate
they would advocate
Past Conditional
I would have advocated
you would have advocated
he/she/it would have advocated
we would have advocated
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.advocate - a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an ideaadvocate - a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
apologist, justifier, vindicator - a person who argues to defend or justify some policy or institution; "an apologist for capital punishment"
constitutionalist - an advocate of constitutional government
Darwinian - an advocate of Darwinism
populist, democrat - an advocate of democratic principles
federalist - an advocate of federalism
Gnostic - an advocate of Gnosticism
humanist, humanitarian - an advocate of the principles of humanism; someone concerned with the interests and welfare of humans
ideologist, ideologue - an advocate of some ideology
internationalist - an advocate of internationalism
irredentist, irridentist - an advocate of irredentism
isolationist - an advocate of isolationism in international affairs
Jansenist - an advocate of Jansenism
libertarian - an advocate of libertarianism
Maoist - an advocate of Maoism
Marxist - an advocate of Marxism
nationalist - an advocate of national independence of or a strong national government
neoclassicist - an advocate of neoclassicism
neutralist - an advocate of neutrality in international affairs
nullifier - an advocate of nullification; someone who believes that a state can resist federal laws
drumbeater, partisan, zealot - a fervent and even militant proponent of something
partitionist - an advocate of partitioning a country
Platonist - an advocate of Platonism
pro-lifer - an advocate of full legal protection for embryos and fetuses; someone opposed to legalized induced abortion
presenter, sponsor - an advocate who presents a person (as for an award or a degree or an introduction etc.)
protectionist - an advocate of protectionism
republican - an advocate of a republic (usually in opposition to a monarchy)
ritualist - an advocate of strict observance of ritualistic forms
ruralist - an advocate of rural living
secessionist - an advocate of secessionism
secularist - an advocate of secularism; someone who believes that religion should be excluded from government and education
separationist, separatist - an advocate of secession or separation from a larger group (such as an established church or a national union)
spokesperson, representative, interpreter, voice - an advocate who represents someone else's policy or purpose; "the meeting was attended by spokespersons for all the major organs of government"
suffragist - an advocate of the extension of voting rights (especially to women)
admirer, booster, protagonist, supporter, champion, friend - a person who backs a politician or a team etc.; "all their supporters came out for the game"; "they are friends of the library"
supremacist - a person who advocates the supremacy of some particular group or race over all others
teleologist - advocate of teleology
Thatcherite - an advocate of Thatcherism
unilateralist - an advocate of unilateralism
2.advocate - a lawyer who pleads cases in courtadvocate - a lawyer who pleads cases in court  
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
attorney, lawyer - a professional person authorized to practice law; conducts lawsuits or gives legal advice
Verb1.advocate - push for somethingadvocate - push for something; "The travel agent recommended strongly that we not travel on Thanksgiving Day"
propose, suggest, advise - make a proposal, declare a plan for something; "the senator proposed to abolish the sales tax"
2.advocate - speak, plead, or argue in favor of; "The doctor advocated a smoking ban in the entire house"
urge, urge on, exhort, press - force or impel in an indicated direction; "I urged him to finish his studies"
preachify, sermonise, sermonize, moralise, moralize - speak as if delivering a sermon; express moral judgements; "This man always sermonizes"

advocate

noun
2. (Law) lawyer, attorney, solicitor, counsel, barrister When she became an advocate there were only a few women practising.

advocate

verb
To aid the cause of by approving or favoring:
Idioms: align oneself with, go to bat for, take the part of.
Translations
مُؤَيِّد، مُنَاصِريُؤَيِّد، يُنَاصِر
obhájceadvokáthájit
anbefaleforkæmperfortaler
asianajaja
szószóló
mæla meîtalsmaîur
rėmėjasšalininkassiūlyti
aizstāvētaizstāvisatbalstītpiekritējs
hájiť
advokatförespråka

advocate

A. [ˈædvəkeɪt] VT (= be in favour of) → abogar por, ser partidario de
what do you advocate?¿qué nos aconsejas?
I advocate doing nothingyo recomiendo no hacer nada
B. [ˈædvəkɪt] Ndefensor(a) m/f, partidario/a m/f (Scot) (Jur) → abogado/a m/f
see also devil LAWYERS, QC/KC

advocate

[ˈædvəkɪt]
n
(= upholder) [cause] → défenseur m
to be an advocate of sth → être partisan(e) de qch
(Scottish) (= lawyer) → avocat(e) m/f
[ˈædvəkeɪt] vtrecommander, prôner

advocate

n
(= upholder: of cause etc) → Verfechter(in) m(f), → Befürworter(in) m(f)
(esp Scot: Jur) → (Rechts)anwalt m/-anwältin f, → Advokat(in) m(f) (old, dial)
vteintreten für; plan etcbefürworten; those who advocate extending the licensing lawsdie, die eine Verlängerung der Öffnungszeiten befürworten; what course of action would you advocate?welche Maßnahmen würden Sie empfehlen?

advocate

[n ˈædvəkɪt; vb ˈædvəkeɪt]
1. n (Scot) (Law) → avvocato (difensore) (fig) → sostenitore/trice
to be an advocate of → essere a favore di
2. vtsostenere la validità di, propugnare

advocate

(ˈӕdvəkət) noun
a supporter, a person who is in favour (of). an advocate of reform.
(-keit) verb
to recommend. He advocated increasing the charges.

advocate

n defensor -ra mf; patient — defensor del paciente
References in classic literature ?
The poorest paid architect, engineer, general, author, sculptor, painter, lecturer, advocate, legislator, actor, preacher, singer is constructively in heaven when he is at work; and as for the musician with the fiddle-bow in his hand who sits in the midst of a great orchestra with the ebbing and flowing tides of divine sound washing over him -- why, certainly, he is at work, if you wish to call it that, but lord, it's a sarcasm just the same.
To illustrate the effect of slavery on the white man,--to show that he has no powers of endurance, in such a condition, superior to those of his black brother,--DANIEL O'CONNELL, the distinguished advocate of universal emancipation, and the mighti- est champion of prostrate but not conquered Ireland, relates the following anecdote in a speech delivered by him in the Conciliation Hall, Dublin, before the Loyal National Repeal Association, March 31, 1845.
I am sure nobody ought to be, or can be, a greater advocate for matrimony than I am; and if it had not been for the misery of her leaving Hartfield, I should never have thought of Miss Taylor but as the most fortunate woman in the world; and as to slighting Mr.
Brocklehurst; I advocate consistency in all things.
Adams is going to be called to the bar almost directly, and is to be an advocate, and to wear a wig.
Now therefore bend thine eare To supplication, heare his sighs though mute; Unskilful with what words to pray, let mee Interpret for him, mee his Advocate And propitiation, all his works on mee Good or not good ingraft, my Merit those Shall perfet, and for these my Death shall pay.
Shortly after this change in his circumstances he became an advocate of thrift, temperance, and steady industry, and quitted the International Association, of which he had been an enthusiastic supporter when dependent on his own skill and taste as a working mason.
Now, in this case, I, who am the right owner, lie under two great disadvantages: first, my lawyer, being practised almost from his cradle in defending falsehood, is quite out of his element when he would be an advocate for justice, which is an unnatural office he always attempts with great awkwardness, if not with ill-will.
And a further reason for caution, in this respect, might be drawn from the reflection that we are not always sure that those who advocate the truth are influenced by purer principles than their antagonists.
In citing these cases, in which the legislative, executive, and judiciary departments have not been kept totally separate and distinct, I wish not to be regarded as an advocate for the particular organizations of the several State governments.
The Proudfoots must be rich, for no advocate could look to have much business in so remote a quarter; and John hated them for their wealth and for their name, and for the sake of the house they desecrated with their presence.
Lord Albemarle, an elderly paralytic gentleman, was now the only advocate of Phileas Fogg left.

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