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v. ad·vo·cat·ed, ad·vo·cat·ing, ad·vo·cates
To speak, plead, or argue in favor of: advocate a vegan diet. See Synonyms at support.
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.
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formal a person who advocates
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.advocator - a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an ideaadvocator - 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
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
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Nyala ,July 14 (SUNA)- The advocator and activist in human rights and the head of the Sudan women organization in South Darfur State.
Moreover, as I have argued elsewhere, from 1978 to the present day, Chinese law popularization has continued to experience roughly three stages: Elementary Educator (1978-1985), Propaganda and Professional Educator (1986-1998), and Critic and Advocator of the Rule of Law (1999-2006).
Today, the eminent route for creative communicators is tethered to digital disruption, with my role transforming into that of an advocator, supporter, collaborator and leader of business-oriented marketing technology solutions for brands.
Salima Hashmi, Former Head of National college of Arts said that Sartaj Aziz is an inspiring figure, a dreamer and a politician and a man of principle who is a great advocator of human rights.
Novi Pazar, Safar 08, 1440, October 17, 2018, SPA -- The Islamic Mashikha, an affiliate of the Republic of Serbia expressed its condemnation of the abhorrent campaign carried out by the media including threats of various sanctions aimed at Saudi Arabia, a staunch advocator of peace, moderation and security in the region.
Razzaz also praised Canada's support to UNRWA and its increase of financial contribution to back the organization's budget, and said Jordan views the Agency " an advocator on the Palestinian cause and the Palestinians' right to return to their homeland".
'The church has its doctrines of what it teaches and it is the greatest advocator fighting against AIDs but the use of condoms is not part of the agenda of the church.
It is no secret too that Turki al-Dakhil, Saudi General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel, was also an active advocator for Jihadism in Afghanistan in the 1990s.
Rentokil Initial, a global leader in pest control and hygiene solutions is committed to be advocator for this cause and recently invited customers from various sectors to attend the Pest and Total Hygiene (PATH) workshop in Penang, Johor Bahru and Kuala Lumpur, with the themes "Achieving Sustainable Supply Chain Risk Management" and "Raising Hygiene Standards."
As the chief advocator of this initiative, the People's Republic of China declared that the country is committed to shouldering more responsibilities and obligations within its capabilities and making greater contributions to the peace and development of mankind.
"I'm a huge advocator of education, especially for countries that have limited access to education.
CynergisTek's McMillan, who has long been a strong advocator for cybersecurity strategies that do more than simply "following the rules" and performing traditional audit methods as a manual process, feels that organizations have to think about behavioral monitoring--in which organizations monitor their users at a high level--in terms of "attributes." What he means by that is just about everything that happens in the system is an attribute--a user, a person, a patient, a time of day, and a location can all be attributes.