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Advocate Definition

  • ad·vo·cate  (dv-kt)

  • tr.v. ad·vo·cat·ed, ad·vo·cat·ing, ad·vo·cates

  • To speak, plead, or argue in favor of. See Synonyms at support.

  • n. (-kt, -kt)

  • 1. One that argues for a cause; a supporter or defender: an advocate of civil rights.

  • 2. One that pleads in another's behalf; an intercessor: advocates for abused children and spouses.


vb [ˈædvəˌkeɪt]

(tr; may take a clause as object) to support or recommend publicly; plead for or speak in favour of

n [ˈædvəkɪt -ˌkeɪt]

1. a person who upholds or defends a cause; supporter

2. a person who intercedes on behalf of another

3. (Law) a person who pleads his client's cause in a court of law See also barrister, solicitor, counsellor

4. (Law) Scots Law the usual word for barrister

[via Old French from Latin advocātus legal witness, advocate, from advocāre to call as witness, from vocāre to call]

Noun 1.

advocate - a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea

advocator, exponent, proponent

individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"

apologist, justifier, vindicator - a person who argues to defend or justify some policy or institution; "an apologist for capital punishment"

constitutionalist - an advocate of constitutional government

Darwinian - an advocate of Darwinism

populist, democrat - an advocate of democratic principles

federalist - an advocate of federalism

Gnostic - an advocate of Gnosticism

humanist, humanitarian - an advocate of the principles of humanism; someone concerned with the interests and welfare of humans

ideologist, ideologue - an advocate of some ideology

internationalist - an advocate of internationalism

irredentist, irridentist - an advocate of irredentism

isolationist - an advocate of isolationism in international affairs

Jansenist - an advocate of Jansenism

libertarian - an advocate of libertarianism

Maoist - an advocate of Maoism

Marxist - an advocate of Marxism

nationalist - an advocate of national independence of or a strong national government

neoclassicist - an advocate of neoclassicism

neutralist - an advocate of neutrality in international affairs

nullifier - an advocate of nullification; someone who believes that a state can resist federal laws

drumbeater, partisan, zealot - a fervent and even militant proponent of something

partitionist - an advocate of partitioning a country

Platonist - an advocate of Platonism

pro-lifer - an advocate of full legal protection for embryos and fetuses; someone opposed to legalized induced abortion

presenter, sponsor - an advocate who presents a person (as for an award or a degree or an introduction etc.)

protectionist - an advocate of protectionism

republican - an advocate of a republic (usually in opposition to a monarchy)

ritualist - an advocate of strict observance of ritualistic forms

ruralist - an advocate of rural living

secessionist - an advocate of secessionism

secularist - an advocate of secularism; someone who believes that religion should be excluded from government and education

separationist, separatist - an advocate of secession or separation from a larger group (such as an established church or a national union)

spokesperson, representative, interpreter, voice - an advocate who represents someone else's policy or purpose; "the meeting was attended by spokespersons for all the major organs of government"

suffragist - an advocate of the extension of voting rights (especially to women)

admirer, booster, protagonist, supporter, champion, friend - a person who backs a politician or a team etc.; "all their supporters came out for the game"; "they are friends of the library"

supremacist - a person who advocates the supremacy of some particular group or race over all others

teleologist - advocate of teleology

Thatcherite - an advocate of Thatcherism

unilateralist - an advocate of unilateralism


advocate - a lawyer who pleads cases in court

counsel, counselor-at-law, pleader, counsellor, counselor

law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"

attorney, lawyer - a professional person authorized to practice law; conducts lawsuits or gives legal advice

Verb 1.

advocate - push for something; "The travel agent recommended strongly that we not travel on Thanksgiving Day"

recommend, urge

propose, suggest, advise - make a proposal, declare a plan for something; "the senator proposed to abolish the sales tax"


advocate - speak, plead, or argue in favor of; "The doctor advocated a smoking ban in the entire house"


urge, urge on, exhort, press - force or impel in an indicated direction; "I urged him to finish his studies"

preachify, sermonise, sermonize, moralise, moralize - speak as if delivering a sermon; express moral judgements; "This man always sermonizes"



recommend, support, champion, encourage, propose, favour, defend, promote, urge, advise, justify, endorse, campaign for, prescribe, speak for, uphold, press for, argue for, commend, plead for, espouse, countenance, hold a brief for (informal). "He advocates fewer government controls on business."

recommend oppose, resist, contradict, take issue with, speak against, take a stand against


1. supporter, spokesman, champion, defender, speaker, pleader, campaigner, promoter, counsellor, backer, proponent, apostle, apologist, upholder, proposer. "He was a strong advocate of free market policies."

2. (Law) lawyer, attorney, solicitor, counsel, barrister. "When she became an advocate there were only a few women practising."

What is an Advocate?

An advocate is someone who can help you speak up so that your views are heard, your rights are met and your problems sorted out.

If you feel unhappy about something that is happening to you and you don't feel that Social Services are listening to you, you could get an advocate. An advocate is someone who will listen to your problem and will work with you to find ways to put it right by helping you to talk to the right people.

He or she can come to your Reviews, meet your carers and social workers and help you to find the right words to say to the adults who are making decisions that you don't agree with.

Merton Social Services have asked a local group called Reconstruct, to act as advocates to all young people who are looked after. If you think you would like an advocate, you can talk to your social worker or carer or you can always contact Reconstruct yourself.

4 ways that an advocate can help you:

  • They can help you speak up for yourself or speak on your behalf if that's what you want.

  • They can help you make a complaint about the service that you have received from social services.

  • They can help you put your feelings and views across about decisions that are being made about your life.

  • They can give you information and advice about your rights and any worries you have as well as help you make choices about what is best for your.

What does an advocate do?

Your advocate will only do what you want them to do. This includes:

  • Talking to you to find out what you think and what you want

  • Explaining things to you so that you can make choices

  • Being with you when you meet with health and social care staff

  • Speaking up for you, if you want them to

  • Getting information you need so that you know all the options open to you

  • Telling you everything anyone has told them about you

  • Sticking to your brief, however difficult, until you have achieved what you can

How an advocate helped June

June* is 64 and had a range of long term health conditions; the advocate received a referral from June’s social worker to support her with the supported self-assessment.

June’s advocate visited on three occasions at times convenient to her. On the first visit they went through the self-assessment form and the advocate found out that June already received a direct payment to pay for a substantial care package. June told the advocate that she was bored and wanted to have more social opportunities. June said she wasn’t well enough to go out and she didn’t like mixing with other people.

On the second visit they filled in a bit more of the form. In the course of their conversations they explored a number of options and when the advocate discovered that June was computer literate they talked about the potential benefits of chatting to people online. June’s new care package was developed to include a direct payment to purchase a laptop, and now she can chat online and she feels less isolated.

On receiving a referal an advocate will arrange to visit the person to make sure they want an advocate. An advocate can meet privately with a person to talk about what is happening and to help them to understand the choices they have. An advocate will help you think about the choices in your life. Advocates help people to think carefully about what they want and what they want to tell people.

Adovcates sometimes speak for people. With the right support lots of people can speak for themselves. This might mean an advocate sitting next to someone at a meeting to give them the confidence to speak up. An advocate can remind a person about what it was they had decided to say. This is called 1:1 advocacy.

Not everyone wants to or is able to attend meetings about them, especially very formal meetings. In this situation an advocate can attend to be an independent voice for the person asking questions and ensuring the person's wishes, values and beliefs are considerede when any decisions are made. This is called non-instructed advocacy.

They can...

  • listen and give information

  • encourage the client to speak on their own behalf

  • liase with different agencies

  • mediate so people can understand each other

  • represent or act on behalf of someone

They cannot...

  • offer counselling

  • do what they think is best

  • advise someone on what choice to make

  • make decisions for people

  • offer legal representation (unless they are legal advocates)

Definition of ADVOCATE


: one that pleads the cause of another; specifically : one that pleads the cause of another before a tribunal or judicial court


: one that defends or maintains a cause or proposal

Examples of ADVOCATE

  1. a passionate advocate of civil rights

  2. She works as a consumer advocate.

  3. He has paid respectful attention to the home schooling movement by meeting with its advocates and endorsing their cause. —Elizabeth Drew, New York Review of Books, 10 June 2004

Origin of ADVOCATE

Middle English advocat, from Anglo-French, from Latin advocatus, from past participle of advocare to summon, from ad- + vocare to call, from voc-, vox voice — more at voice

First Known Use: 14th century

Related to ADVOCATE

Synonyms: exponent, advocator, apostle, backer, booster, champion, expounder, espouser, friend, gospeler (or gospeller), herald, hierophant, high priest, paladin, promoter, proponent, protagonist, supporter, true believer, tub-thumper, white knight

Antonyms: adversary, antagonist, opponent

Rhymes with ADVOCATE

abdicate, abnegate, abrogate, acclimate, acerbate, acetate, activate, actuate, acylate, adsorbate, adulate, adumbrate, aggravate, aggregat...

Examples of ADVOCATE

  1. He advocates traditional teaching methods.

  2. The plan is advocated by the president.

  3. … it makes sense to commence with … a good medium-weight Chardonnay for the wine aficionados. I advocate one with a little oak and lots of fruit … —Anthony Dias Blue, Bon Appétit, November 1997

advocate sentence examples

  • Advocates a holistic approach in teaching skills to children with special needs.

  • Advocates on behalf of someone who is at risk of being discriminated against.

  • Advocates for animals is campaigning to end the unacceptable suffering of farmed rabbits.

  • An active campaigner on many issues, Ainsley is a staunch advocate of the campaign for a fairer system of council tax.

  • Advocates instructed by the crown prosecution service ' .

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  • Advocate's notebook: moving away from school to college?

  • Just playing devil's advocate to raise a bit of honest debate.

  • So called advocates of euthanasia in the UK aim to change the law to make physician assisted suicide legal.

  • Given that mental for children age Britain single-payer advocates that hospitals end.

  • Advocate advocating revolutionary socialism it, still remained inside the alp.

  • I have been a passionate advocate of unpaid work, community punishment, community service over the years.

  • Caine is an ardent advocate of promoting the spring system on which the voice works.

  • Bob Livingstone has requested that the solicitor advocates ' poster be put up.

  • Privacy advocates suspect the tags will be used to track shoppers.

  • Janet Young was an enthusiastic advocate of the university's acquisition of the Natural Resources Institute at Chatham Maritime.

  • The magazine I then edited, New Society, was one of the fervent advocates of change.
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