advocate

  • 1 advocate — ad·vo·cate 1 / ad və kət, ˌkāt/ n [Latin advocatus adviser to a party in a lawsuit, counselor, from past participle of advocare to summon, employ as counsel, from ad to + vocare to call] 1: a person (as a lawyer) who works and argues in support… …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 advocate — Ⅰ. advocate UK US /ˈædvəkeɪt/ verb [T] ► to publicly support or suggest an idea, plan, or way of doing something: »The Food Standards Agency advocated a ban on advertising junk food to children. advocate doing sth »We would advocate selling those …

    Financial and business terms

  • 3 Advocate — Ad vo*cate, n. [OE. avocat, avocet, OF. avocat, fr. L. advocatus, one summoned or called to another; properly the p. p. of advocare to call to, call to one s aid; ad + vocare to call. See {Advowee}, {Avowee}, {Vocal}.] 1. One who pleads the cause …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 advocate — verb. 1. In a letter written in 1798 Benjamin Franklin asked Noah Webster, the lexicographer of American English, to use his authority to ‘reprobate’ this word, which was then new in the meaning ‘to recommend or plead in favour of’, although the… …

    Modern English usage

  • 5 Advocate — Ad vo*cate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Advocated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Advocating}.] [See {Advocate}, n., {Advoke}, {Avow}.] To plead in favor of; to defend by argument, before a tribunal or the public; to support, vindicate, or recommend publicly. [1913… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 advocate — [ad′və kit; ] for v. [, ad′vəkāt΄] n. [ME advocat, avocat < L advocatus, a counselor < advocare, to summon (for aid) < ad , to + vocare, to call] 1. a person who pleads another s cause; specif., a lawyer 2. a person who speaks or writes… …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 Advocate — Ad vo*cate, v. i. To act as advocate. [Obs.] Fuller. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 8 advocate — n *lawyer, counselor, barrister, counsel, attorney, solicitor advocate vb *support, uphold, champion, back Analogous words: defend, justify, vindicate, *maintain: espouse (see ADOPT): promote, forward, *advance …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 9 advocate — [n] person supporting an idea or cause publicly apostle, attorney, backer, campaigner, champion, counsel, defender, exponent, expounder, lawyer, pleader, promoter, proponent, proposer, speaker, spokesperson, supporter, upholder; concepts 359,423… …

    New thesaurus

  • 10 advocate — ► NOUN 1) a person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy. 2) a person who pleads a case on someone else s behalf. 3) Scottish term for BARRISTER(Cf. ↑barrister). ► VERB ▪ publicly recommend or support. DER …

    English terms dictionary

  • 11 Advocate — Infobox Occupation name= PAGENAME caption= 19th century painting of advocates, by French artist Honoré Daumier official names= advocate barrister type= profession activity sector= law competencies= advocacy and interpersonal skills, analytical… …

    Wikipedia

  • 12 advocate */ — I UK [ˈædvəkeɪt] / US [ˈædvəˌkeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms advocate : present tense I/you/we/they advocate he/she/it advocates present participle advocating past tense advocated past participle advocated to publicly support a particular… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 advocate — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun 1 sb who supports sth ADJECTIVE ▪ ardent, effective, firm (esp. BrE), great, outspoken, powerful, staunch, strong, tireless (esp. AmE) …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 14 advocate — ad|vo|cate1 [ˈædvəkeıt] v [T] to publicly say that something should be done ▪ Extremists were openly advocating violence. advocate for AmE ▪ Those who advocate doctor assisted suicide say the terminally ill should not have to suffer. advocate 2… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 advocate — I n. 1) an aggressive, strong advocate 2) a client, patient; consumer advocate 3) the devil s advocate II v. 1) (G) he advocated bringing legal action 2) (K) she advocated our withdrawing from the contest 3) (formal) (L; subj.) they advocated… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 16 advocate — 01. The President is [advocating] a peaceful resolution to the conflict. 02. Personally, I do not [advocate] the death penalty under any circumstances. 03. Peace [advocates] held a demonstration in front of the British Embassy to protest the… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 17 advocate — ad|vo|cate1 [ ædvə,keıt ] verb transitive * to publicly support a particular policy or way of doing things: There is no point in advocating improved public transportation unless we can pay for it. advocate ad|vo|cate 2 [ ædvəkət ] noun count * 1 …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18 advocate — {{11}}advocate (n.) mid 14c., one whose profession is to plead cases in a court of justice, a technical term from Roman law, from O.Fr. avocat barrister, advocate, spokesman, from L. advocatus one called to aid; a pleader, advocate, noun use of… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 19 advocate — ♦♦♦ advocates, advocating, advocated (The verb is pronounced [[t]æ̱dvəkeɪt[/t]]. The noun is pronounced [[t]æ̱dvəkət[/t]].) 1) VERB If you advocate a particular action or plan, you recommend it publicly. [FORMAL] [V n] Mr Williams is a… …

    English dictionary

  • 20 advocate — advocative, adj. advocator, n. v. /ad veuh kayt /; n. /ad veuh kit, kayt /, v., advocated, advocating, 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. 2. a… …

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