Definitions for: Advocate


[n] a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea
[n] a lawyer who pleads cases in court
[v] speak, plead, or argue in favour of; "The doctor advocated a smoking ban in the entire house"
[v] push for something; "The travel agent recommended strongly that we not travel on Thanksgiving Day"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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 of another. Specifically: One who
pleads the cause of another before a tribunal or judicial
court; a counselor.

Note: In the English and American Law, advocate is the same
as ``counsel,'' ``counselor,'' or ``barrister.'' In the
civil and ecclesiastical courts, the term signifies the
same as ``counsel'' at the common law.

2. One who defends, vindicates, or espouses any cause by
argument; a pleader; as, an advocate of free trade, an
advocate of truth.

3. Christ, considered as an intercessor.

We have an Advocate with the Father. --1 John ii.
1.

Faculty of advocates (Scot.), the Scottish bar in
Edinburgh.

Lord advocate (Scot.), the public prosecutor of crimes, and
principal crown lawyer.

Judge advocate. See under Judge.


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.

To advocate the cause of thy client. --Bp.
Sanderson
(1624).

This is the only thing distinct and sensible, that has
been advocated. --Burke.

Eminent orators were engaged to advocate his cause.
--Mitford.


Ad"vo*cate, v. i.
To act as advocate. [Obs.] --Fuller.

Synonyms: advocator, counsel, counsellor, counselor, counselor-at-law, exponent, pleader, preach, proponent, recommend

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