advocate

[v. ad-vuh-keyt; n. ad-vuh-kit, -keyt]
verb (used with object), advocated, advocating.
1.
to speak or write in favor of; support or urge by argument; recommend publicly: He advocated higher salaries for teachers.
noun
2.
a person who speaks or writes in support or defense of a person, cause, etc. (usually followed by of ): an advocate of peace.
3.
a person who pleads for or in behalf of another; intercessor.
4.
a person who pleads the cause of another in a court of law.

Origin:
1300–50; < Latin advocātus legal counselor (orig. 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 < Middle French

advocative, adjective
advocator, noun
nonadvocate, noun
preadvocate, noun
preadvocate, verb (used with object), preadvocated, preadvocating.
readvocate, verb (used with object), readvocated, readvocating.
subadvocate, noun
unadvocated, adjective
well-advocated, adjective


2. champion, proponent, backer. 4. lawyer, attorney, counselor, counsel; barrister; solicitor.
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advocate
 
vb
1.  (tr; may take a clause as object) to support or recommend publicly; plead for or speak in favour of
 
n
2.  a person who upholds or defends a cause; supporter
3.  a person who intercedes on behalf of another
4.  barrister solicitor See also counsellor a person who pleads his client's cause in a court of law
5.  Scots law the usual word for barrister
 
[C14: via Old French from Latin advocātus legal witness, advocate, from advocāre to call as witness, from vocāre to call]
 
advo'catory
 
adj

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Word Origin & History

advocate
mid-14c., "one whose profession is to plead cases in a court of justice," a technical term from Roman law, from O.Fr. avocat, from L. advocatus "one called to aid," orig. pp. of advocare "to call" (as witness or advisor) from ad- "to" + vocare "to call," related to vocem (see
voice). The verb is first attested 1640s.
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Advocate definition


(Gr. parakletos), one who pleads another's cause, who helps another by defending or comforting him. It is a name given by Christ three times to the Holy Ghost (John 14:16; 15:26; 16:7, where the Greek word is rendered "Comforter," q.v.). It is applied to Christ in 1 John 2:1, where the same Greek word is rendered "Advocate," the rendering which it should have in all the places where it occurs. Tertullus "the orator" (Acts 24:1) was a Roman advocate whom the Jews employed to accuse Paul before Felix.

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Example sentences
New high-tech labels help libraries track books, but worry privacy advocates.
But many solar advocates wonder why the government is not acting as cautiously
  when it comes to drilling for oil and gas.
Her work, seen in a wide variety of publications, advocates an
  environmentally-responsible and healthy lifestyle.
Now a new generation of advocates wants to restore the prairie habitat that
  bison once dominated.
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