Meaning of “advocate” in the English Dictionary

"advocate" in British 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)