Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “advocate”

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.Backing, supporting and defendingDefending and protecting
advocacy
noun [U] uk   /ˈæd.və.kə.si/ us  
She is renowned for her advocacy of human rights.Backing, supporting and defendingDefending and protecting

advocate

noun [C] uk   /ˈæd.və.kət/ us  

advocate noun [C] (LAWYER)

a lawyer who defends someone in a law courtLawyers and legal officials

advocate noun [C] (SUPPORTER)

C2 someone who publicly supports something: He's a strong advocate of state ownership of the railways.Supporters, members and defendersBelievers and non-believers
(Definition of advocate from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of advocate?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Backing, supporting & defending, but you might be interested in these topics from the Expressing agreement & support topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “advocate”

Definitions of “advocate” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

bitter

a type of dark brown beer with a bitter taste

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More