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advocate

verb [T] uk   /ˈæd.və.keɪt/ us  
C2 to publicly support or suggest an idea, development, or way of doing something: [+ -ing verb] She advocates taking a more long-term view. He advocates the return of capital punishment.
advocacy
noun [U] uk   /ˈæd.və.kə.si/ us  
She is renowned for her advocacy of human rights.

advocate

noun [C] uk   /ˈæd.və.kət/ us  

advocate noun [C] (LAWYER)

a lawyer who defends someone in a law court

advocate noun [C] (SUPPORTER)

C2 someone who publicly supports something: He's a strong advocate of state ownership of the railways.
(Definition of advocate from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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