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English definition of “advocate”


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