Meaning of “advocate” in the English Dictionary

"advocate" in English

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advocateverb [ T ]

uk /ˈæd.və.keɪt/ us /ˈæd.və.keɪt/

advocatenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈæd.və.kət/ us /ˈæd.və.kət/

(Definition of “advocate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"advocate" in American English

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advocateverb [ I/T ]

us /ˈæd·vəˌkeɪt/

to speak in support of an idea or course of action:

[ T ] Some people advocate teaching to the test.
[ I ] The organization advocates for human rights.
noun [ U ] us /ˈæd·və·kə·si/

These groups have been increasing their education advocacy.
noun [ C ] us /ˈæd·və·kət/

She’s a strong advocate of women’s rights.

(Definition of “advocate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"advocate" in Business English

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advocateverb [ T ]

uk /ˈædvəkeɪt/ us

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 shares at current levels.

advocatenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈædvəkət/ us

someone who publicly supports something they believe in:

an advocate for sth He was an advocate for small businesses around Newark.
an advocate of sth She is a passionate advocate of "organic" clothes.

LAW a lawyer who defends someone in a court:

Advocates are often asked for their opinion on complex points of law.

(Definition of “advocate” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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I have also heard that during the vote, which will take place either today or tomorrow, some may advocate referral back to committee.
In this regard, loutish acts of racism and xenophobia, or those associations that advocate certain cultural identities, must be completely outlawed.
Responsible university lecturers advocate a view that does not vary greatly from my own, despite all the various declarations, forums, communications and new partnerships.
I would advocate a realistic approach, an approach based on the knowledge that electricity production from renewable energy sources can never form a substantial element of total energy production.
I would also advocate an increase in budgetary appropriations relating to the specific programme to be redistributed fairly on the basis of the constraints affecting them.
Secondly, to advocate greater reform.
If such an event occurs during the year, we will always be prepared to rectify the situation, but we advocate correct implementation and accurate planning.
I therefore welcome the fact that the rapporteur from a major political group will now advocate retaining special rules of this kind and will support this drafting proposal.
I would therefore advocate that a ceiling of 25 years for the protection of registered design rights would be quite sufficient.
There are some who support complete liberalisation and others who advocate partial liberalisation, while others again are essentially opposed to liberalisation.