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advocate

noun

  1. (person)  a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea
    Synonyms: advocator, exponent, proponent. Type of: person
  2. (law)  a lawyer who pleads cases in court
    Synonyms: attorney-at-law, counsel, counsellor [British/Canadian spelling], counsellor-at-law,...

verb

  1. (propose)  to push for something
    Synonyms: recommend, urge. Type of: propose
  2. (urge on)  to speak, plead, or argue in favor of
    Synonyms: preach. Type of: urge on. Follows: proselytize

Etymology summary

"one whose profession is to plead cases in a court of justice", a technical term...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Advocate

a type of professional lawyer in several different legal systems. These include Scotland, Belgium, South Africa, India, Scandinavian jurisdictions, Israel, and the British Crown dependencies of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man. The broad equivalent... (36 of 3519 words, 1 image)

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Advocate (disambiguation)

may refer to: Advocate (band) - metal/hardcore band from Mason City, IL | The Advocate (film), a 1993 film by writer/director Leslie Megahey | Harvard Advocate, a Harvard College-based literary magazine | Advocate Weekly Newspapers, a set of weekly ... (36 of 113 words, 5 definitions)

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Collins Dictionary:

advocate | barrister [usual, sense-specific] | supporter [synonym, sense-specific] | advocatory [adjective, derived]

[transitive] to support or recommend publicly; plead for or speak in favour of | a person who upholds or defends a cause; supporter | a person who ... (25 of 595 words, 5 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Columbia Encyclopedia:

attorney | counselor at law | advocate | barrister

agent put in place of another to manage particular affairs of the principal. An attorney in fact is an agent who conducts business under authority ... (25 of 303 words)

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Merriam-Webster:

advocate [entry 1, noun] | exponent [synonym, sense-specific] | advocator [synonym, sense-specific] | apostle [synonym, sense-specific] | backer [synonym, sense-specific] | booster [synonym, sense-specific] | champion [synonym, sense-specific] | expounder [synonym, sense-specific] | espouser [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

one that pleads the cause of another ; specifically, one that pleads the cause of another before a tribunal or judicial court | one that defends or ... (26 of 255 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

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advocate [entry 2, verb] | advocated [past tense] | advocating [present participle] | support [synonym] | back [synonym] | champion [synonym] | endorse [synonym] | patronize [synonym] | plump [synonym] | ...

to plead in favor of (5 of 178 words, pronunciations)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

advocate [law]

in law, a person who is professionally qualified to plead the cause of another in a court of law. As a technical term, advocate is used mainly in ... (28 of 164 words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

advocate | advocateship [derived] | advocation [derived]

a person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy | a person who puts a case on someone else's behalf | a professional pleader ... (25 of 132 words, 5 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Wiktionary:

advocate | advocates [plural] | advocated [past tense] | advocating [present participle] | advise [synonym, sense-specific]

Someone whose job is to speak for someone's case in a court of law; a counsel. | Anyone who argues the case of another; an intercessor. | A person who speaks in support of something. | A person who supports others to make their voices heard, or ideally... (45 of 107 words, 6 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

advocate | advocated [past tense] | advocating [present participle] | advocates [3rd-person singular present] | advocation [noun, related] | advocative [adjective, related] | advocatory [adjective, related] | advocator [noun, related]

To speak, plead, or argue in favor of. | One that argues for a cause; a supporter or defender | One that pleads in another's behalf; an intercessor | ... (26 of 94 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Random House Dictionary:

advocate | advocated [past tense] | advocating [present participle]

to speak or write in favor of; support or urge by argument; recommend publicly. | a person who speaks or writes in support or defense of a person, ... (27 of 83 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

advocate | advocated [past tense] | advocating [present participle] | advocator [noun, related]

a person who pleads another's cause; specifically, a lawyer | a person who speaks or writes in support of something | to speak or write in support of; ... (26 of 71 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

advocate [transitive] | advocated [past tense] | advocating [present participle] | advocates [3rd-person singular present]

to publicly support a particular policy or way of doing things (11 of 54 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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advocate [countable, noun] | advocates [plural]

someone who strongly and publicly supports someone or something | a lawyer (11 of 51 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

advocate [entry 1] | advocacy [noun, derived]

to publicly support or suggest an idea, development or way of doing something (13 of 46 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

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advocate [entry 2]

a lawyer who defends someone in a court of law (10 of 18 words, pronunciation)

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advocate [entry 3]

someone who publicly supports something (5 of 22 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Encarta Dictionary:

advocate | advocates [plural] | advocated [past tense] | advocating [present participle]

to support or speak in favor of something | somebody who supports or speaks in favor of something | somebody who acts or intercedes on behalf of ... (25 of 118 words, 4 definitions, pronunciations)

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Etymology references

Online Etymology:

advocate

First use: mid-14th century

Origin: "one whose profession is to plead cases in a court of justice", a technical term from Roman law, from Old French avocat "barrister, advocate, ... (26 of 66 etymology words)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

advocate | advocated [past tense] | advocating [present participle] | advocates [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: From Middle English advocat, lawyer, from Old French advocat, from Latin advocātus, past participle of advocāre, ... (16 of 30 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

advocate

Origin: Middle English: from Old French avocat, from Latin advocatus, past participle (used as a noun) of advocare 'call (to one's aid)', ... (21 of 27 etymology words)

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New World Dictionary:

advocate | advocated [past tense] | advocating [present participle]

Origin: Middle English advocat, avocat from Latin advocatus, a counselor from advocare, to summon (for aid) from ad-, to + vocare, to call | "advocate"the

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Collins Dictionary:

advocate

First use: 14th century

Origin: via Old French from Latin advocātus legal witness, advocate, from advocāre to call as witness, from vocāre to call

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Wiktionary:

advocate | advocates [plural] | advocated [past tense] | advocating [present participle]

Origin: Old French avocat, from Latin advocātus, past participle of advocāre ("to call for").

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Merriam-Webster:

advocate [entry 1, noun]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English advocat, from Anglo-French, from Latin advocatus, from past participle of advocare to summon, from ad- + ... (20 of 26 etymology words)

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Encarta Dictionary:

advocate | advocates [plural] | advocated [past tense] | advocating [present participle]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Old French avocat "advocate" from Latin advocatus from advocare "call to" from vocare "to call"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861583864​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Macmillan American Dictionary:

advocate [transitive] | advocated [past tense] | advocating [present participle] | advocates [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "advocate"

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advocate [countable, noun] | advocates [plural]

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

advocate [transitive] | advocated [past tense] | advocating [present participle] | advocates [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "advocate"

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advocate [countable, noun] | advocates [plural]

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Cambridge Dictionary:

advocate [entry 1]

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advocate [entry 3]

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the Free Dictionary:

advocate

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Google Dictionary:

advocate | advocates [plural] | advocated [past tense] | advocating [present participle]

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

advocate

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advocate

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YourDictionary Audio:

advocate

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