advocate

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 noun: [ˈædvəkɪt], verb: [ˈædvəkeɪt]



WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
ad•vo•cate /v. ˈædvəˌkeɪt; n. -kɪt, -ˌkeɪt/USA pronunciation   v.,  -cat•ed, -cat•ing, n. 
v. [+ object]
  1. to support or urge by argument:advocates higher salaries for teachers.

n. [countable]
  1. a person who speaks or writes in support of a cause, person, etc.:a strong advocate of military intervention.
  2. Lawa person or lawyer who pleads the cause of another in a court of law:a judge advocate.
See -voc-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
ad•vo•cate  (v. advə kāt′;n. advə kit, -kāt′),USA pronunciation v.,  -cat•ed, -cat•ing, n. 
v.t. 
  1. to speak or write in favor of;
    support or urge by argument;
    recommend publicly:He advocated higher salaries for teachers.

n. 
  1. a person who speaks or writes in support or defense of a person, cause, etc. (usually fol. by of):an advocate of peace.
  2. a person who pleads for or in behalf of another;
    intercessor.
  3. Lawa person who pleads the cause of another in a court of law.
advo•ca′tive, adj. 
advo•ca′tor, n. 
  • Middle French
  • Latin advocātus legal counselor (origin, originally past participle of advocāre to call to one's aid), equivalent. to ad- ad- + voc- call (akin to vōx voice) + -ātus -ate1; replacing Middle English avocat
  • 1300–50
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged champion, proponent, backer.
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged lawyer, attorney, counselor, counsel;
      barrister;
      solicitor.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

advocate vb /ˈædvəˌkeɪt/
  1. (tr; may take a clause as object) to support or recommend publicly; plead for or speak in favour of
n /ˈædvəkɪt; -ˌkeɪt/
  1. a person who upholds or defends a cause; supporter
  2. a person who intercedes on behalf of another
  3. a person who pleads his client's cause in a court of law
  4. the usual word for barrister
Etymology: 14th Century: via Old French from Latin advocātus legal witness, advocate, from advocāre to call as witness, from vocāre to call



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