advocate


advocate
verb (t) /ˈædvəkeɪt / (say 'advuhkayt) (advocated, advocating)

1. to plead in favour of; support or urge by argument; recommend publicly: *Well, I'll not campaign or advocate any policies but my own. –joh bjelke-petersen, 1988.
noun /ˈædvəkət / (say 'advuhkuht), /-keɪt/ (say -kayt)
2. (sometimes followed by of) someone who defends, vindicates, or espouses a cause by argument; an upholder; a defender: *Ma was not at all a slavish advocate of marriage. –miles franklin, 1946.
3. someone who pleads for or on behalf of another; intercessor: *Tangle, who valued truth far above material riches, again came out openly as an advocate for the workmen –john morrison, 1945.
4. Chiefly Scottish someone who pleads the cause of another in a court of law; a barrister.
{Latin advocātus (properly past participle) one summoned to help another (in legal case); replacing Middle English avocat, from Old French}
advocator, noun

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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