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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.
Usage Problem To act as an advocate: advocated for her patients; 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.
Usage Note: The standard form of the verb advocate is transitive, meaning "endorse" or "argue for," as in The teacher advocated a new educational technique, which was accepted by 85 percent of the Usage Panel in our 2014 survey. Many readers balk when the verb is used to express the same meaning in an intransitive form with the preposition for: less than half (45 percent) of the Panel approved of The teacher advocated for a new educational technique. The intransitive is more acceptable, however, when the object of for is the beneficiary of the advocacy rather than the idea or action being advocated: two-thirds of the Panel approved The teacher advocated for her at-risk students. A careful writer will use transitive advocate in sentences indicating the idea or action, restricting the intransitive to sentences indicating the beneficiaries.

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
you would have advocated
they would have advocated
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 ?
I demand your authorities for such an uncharitable assertion (like other advocates of a system, David was not always accurate in his use of terms).
It is certainly a very remarkable fact, that one of the most efficient advocates of the slave population, now before the public, is a fugitive slave, in the person of FREDERICK DOUGLASS; and that the free colored population of the United States are as ably represented by one of their own number, in the per- son of CHARLES LENOX REMOND, whose eloquent appeals have extorted the highest applause of multi- tudes on both sides of the Atlantic.
But advocates and proctors are not one and the same?
The advocates of the tinder-box-and-pedlar view considered the other side a muddle-headed and credulous set, who, because they themselves were wall-eyed, supposed everybody else to have the same blank outlook; and the adherents of the inexplicable more than hinted that their antagonists were animals inclined to crow before they had found any corn--mere skimming-dishes in point of depth--whose clear-sightedness consisted in supposing there was nothing behind a barn-door because they couldn't see through it; so that, though their controversy did not serve to elicit the fact concerning the robbery, it elicited some true opinions of collateral importance.
Whether advocates and orators had liberty to plead in causes manifestly known to be unjust, vexatious, or oppressive?
And further, I have never observed that any truth before unknown has been brought to light by the disputations that are practised in the schools; for while each strives for the victory, each is much more occupied in making the best of mere verisimilitude, than in weighing the reasons on both sides of the question; and those who have been long good advocates are not afterwards on that account the better judges.
From the disorders that disfigure the annals of those republics the advocates of despotism have drawn arguments, not only against the forms of republican government, but against the very principles of civil liberty.
And what are the different classes of legislators but advocates and parties to the causes which they determine?
Let the advocates of a falsely called Philanthropy plead as they may for the abrogation of the Irregular Penal Laws, I for my part have never known an Irregular who was not also what Nature evidently intended him to be -- a hypocrite, a misanthropist, and, up to the limits of his power, a perpetrator of all manner of mischief.
This article made a great deal of noise, and, being copied into all the papers, seriously depressed the advocates of the rash tourist.
Still, marquise, it has been so with other usurpers -- Cromwell, for instance, who was not half so bad as Napoleon, had his partisans and advocates.
Afterwards the duke considered that it was not advisable to confer such excessive authority, for he had no doubt but that he would become odious, so he set up a court of judgment in the country, under a most excellent president, wherein all cities had their advocates.

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