Verb advocate Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


advocate (third-person singular simple present advocates, present participle advocating, simple past and past participle advocated)

  1. (transitive) To plead in favour of; to defend by argument, before a tribunal or the public; to support, vindicate, or recommend publicly.
  2. (transitive) To encourage support for something.
  3. (intransitive, with for) To engage in advocacy.

More definition: speak or write in favor of; support or urge by argument; recommend publicly, He advocated higher salaries for teachers. act as an advocate, a father who advocates for his disabled child.

3.a person who speaks or writes in support or defense of a person, cause, etc. (usually followed by of), an advocate of peace.

4.a person who pleads for or in behalf of another; intercessor.

5.a person who pleads the cause of another in a court of law.

1. (transitive; may take a clause as object) to support or recommend publicly; plead for or speak in favour of noun (ˈædvəkɪt; -ˌkeɪt)

2. a person who upholds or defends a cause; supporter

3. a person who intercedes on behalf of another

4. a person who pleads his client's cause in a court of law See also barrister, solicitor, counsellor

5. (Scots law) the usual word for barrister Derived Formsadvocatory, adjective Word OriginC14, via Old French from Latin advocātus legal witness, advocate, from advocāre to call as witness, from vocāre to callCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
mid-14c., "one whose profession is to plead cases in a court of justice," a technical term from Roman law, from Old French avocat "barrister, advocate, spokesman," from Latin advocatus "one called to aid; a pleader, advocate," noun use of past participle of advocare "to call" (as witness or advisor) from ad- "to" (see ad-) + vocare "to call," related to vocem (see voice (n.)). Also in Middle English as "one who intercedes for another," and "protector, champion, patron." Feminine forms advocatess, advocatrice were in use in 15c.
1640s, from advocate (n.). Related, Advocated; advocating; advocation.


Be an advocate of her privacy, not her identification.

I'm just playing the devil's advocate, from a legal point of view.

True, but playing the devil's advocate, I have some problems with Gladys.

They argued their way back to Parkside with Dean playing the devil's advocate while Fred quoted a dozen mystery stories that bore out his hypothesis, a hypothesis that grew in detail with each passing mile.

Blith was a zealous advocate of drainage and holds that drains to be efficient must be laid 3 or 4 ft.

The last holder of the office of standing counsel to the admiralty was Alexander Staveley Hill, K.C.,M.P. Since his death the office, like those of the king's or queen's advocate and the admiralty advocate, has not been filled up; and the ordinary law officers of the crown with the assistance of a junior counsel to the admiralty (a barrister appointed by the attorney-general) perform the duties of all these offices.

As an advocate he was at once successful, but after 1831 he devoted his attention chiefly to politics, identifying himself first with the Whig and after 1858 with the Republican party.

"In all my publications, where the matter would admit, I have been an advocate for commerce, because I am a friend to its effects," he once wrote.

The church's term for this person, the Devil's Advocate, is now an everyday expression.

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