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’
    • ‘He was a prime advocate of arguments supporting the holding of terrorism suspects without access to courts.’
    • ‘He is also an advocate of strong financial support for graduate students and their research.’
    • ‘I think he is a worthy advocate of the policy and he is also a worthy adversary for the press.’
    • ‘He is a strong advocate of a policy that he describes as ‘capitalism with a human face’.’
    • ‘We know for sure that the First Minister is not a long-term advocate of the policy.’
    • ‘Earlier, I talked with the Senator, a longtime advocate of education reform.’
    • ‘A staunch advocate of the policy, he created it as a model institution designed to teach both academic and industrial subjects.’
    • ‘A member of the Party and a former commerce minister, he is considered an advocate of free-market policies.’
    • ‘Then again, I'm not as much of an advocate of that particular policy as I'd like to be.’
    • ‘In general, I am a strong advocate of environmental protection and saving rare animal species.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘Others championed him as an advocate of free speech.’
    • ‘Rather, I am a fierce advocate of basing American foreign policy on democratic principles.’
    • ‘He accepted that Hitler was an advocate of this policy.’
    • ‘To begin with, I'm an advocate of very healthy fiscal policies.’
    • ‘He's been a leader in election law reforms the past two sessions and an advocate of consumer privacy protection.’
    • ‘Bono has been the most consistent advocate of this policy of ‘national reconciliation.’’
    • ‘And he's an enthusiastic advocate of online technology.’
    • ‘He was a staunch advocate of tariffs and protectionism.’
    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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At least the Commissioner for Children advocates on behalf of children.’
    • ‘The statement in the brief was my position as an advocate for a client.’
    • ‘In such instances, the therapist may encounter requests to participate as an advocate for the client.’
    1. 2.1A professional pleader in a court of justice.
      ‘solicitors may act as advocates in Crown Courts’
      • ‘Like all lawyers, they are required to act as officers of the court as well as advocates.’
      • ‘That may or may not say something about English pleaders, English advocates, and English jurors.’
      • ‘Your Honours, at common law there is absolute privilege for what is said in court by an advocate.’
      • ‘The persons who appear and do counsel work, either in drawing pleadings or appearing in court as an advocate.’
      • ‘Many juvenile court advocates harshly criticized how the police handled young offenders.’
      barrister, lawyer, counsel, counsellor, professional pleader, legal practitioner
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    2. 2.2Scottish, South African A barrister.
      • ‘The State advocates and legal aid counsel who were expected to arrive last weekend have not yet arrived.’
      • ‘Replying to a question by the advocate, he said he had not seen his client firing the rifle.’
      • ‘Both counsels, advocate for the State and for the defence, will resume argument today.’
      • ‘The advocates contended that their clients were unaware of the attempts to evict them because they were not notified.’
      • ‘The High Court has 350 advocates on the Bar, only 15% are black.’

verb

[with object]
  • Publicly recommend or support.

    ‘voters supported candidates who advocated an Assembly’
    • ‘He advocated overseas colonization and supported the South in the American Civil War.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Would the member please withdraw the comment he made about advocating separatism.’
    • ‘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 advocated a wider hunt for candidates which he said should lead to more of a meritocracy.’
    • ‘We have also had one of the major political parties advocating franchise rights for prisoners in HM prisons.’
    • ‘Nashville's radio stations were deluged with angry callers advocating a boycott of the group's albums.’
    • ‘So it's not advocating acting like monsters, its saying they have no alternative.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, he is advocating a fine balance between free trade and trade restriction.’
    • ‘Yet I am not advocating a crass rationalism in which reverence, empathy and love have no place.’
    • ‘He was a realist, a pragmatist who saw little sense in advocating all-out attack if there were no players to execute it.’
    • ‘I'm not advocating laziness or saying we should stop caring about achieving our goals.’
    • ‘So all the president is doing is advocating a law that would harm his opponents and not him.’
    • ‘Simply running an ad advocating a position on a law has gotten them into a criminal court.’
    • ‘He is advocating the liberalizing of access to capital for potential businesspersons.’
    • ‘Exuding confidence and advocating a positive outlook, he has no harsh words for anyone.’
    • ‘Now is anybody suggesting for one moment the business sector would not be able to in fact advocate on its behalf?’
    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
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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

/ˈadvəkət/