An advocate (AD-və-kit) is someone who supports a cause, like an advocate for outdoor recess. Advocate (AD-və-kate) is also a verb meaning to speak in favor of, so you can advocate for that outdoor recess by urging your school to play outside!

As a noun, an advocate is a person who represents another person’s interests, like a lawyer does. In fact, the word comes from the courtroom — it’s from Latin advocare, to “add” a “voice.” To advocate is to add a voice of support to a cause or person. An advocate is anyone who adds that voice by representing another person in court, or by supporting or working toward a particular course of action.

Definitions of advocate

n a person who pleads for a person, cause, or idea

advocator, exponent, proponent
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apologist, justifier, vindicator
a person who argues to defend or justify some policy or institution
an advocate of constitutional government
an advocate of Darwinism
democrat, populist
an advocate of democratic principles
an advocate of federalism
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
an advocate of internationalism
irredentist, irridentist
an advocate of irredentism
an advocate of isolationism in international affairs
an advocate of Jansenism
an advocate of libertarianism
an advocate of Maoism
an advocate of Marxism
an advocate of national independence of or a strong national government
an advocate of neoclassicism
an advocate of neutrality in international affairs
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
an advocate of partitioning a country
an advocate of Platonism
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.)
an advocate of protectionism
an advocate of a republic (usually in opposition to a monarchy)
an advocate of strict observance of ritualistic forms
an advocate of rural living
an advocate of secessionism
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)
interpreter, representative, spokesperson, voice
an advocate who represents someone else's policy or purpose
an advocate of the extension of voting rights (especially to women)
admirer, booster, champion, friend, protagonist, supporter
a person who backs a politician or a team etc.
a person who advocates the supremacy of some particular group or race over all others
advocate of teleology
an advocate of Thatcherism
an advocate of unilateralism
an informal representative
anglophil, anglophile
an admirer of England and things English
believer, truster
a supporter who accepts something as true
a prejudiced person who is intolerant of any opinions differing from his own
a devoted admirer and recorder of another's words and deeds
an enthusiastic and vocal supporter
civil libertarian
a libertarian who is actively concerned with the protection of civil liberties
a supporter of the Confederate States of America
a supporter of corporatism
doctrinaire, dogmatist
a stubborn person of arbitrary or arrogant opinions
economic libertarian
a libertarian who advocates maximizing individual rights and minimizing the role of the state
enthusiast, partisan, partizan
an ardent and enthusiastic supporter of some person or activity
flack, flack catcher, flak, flak catcher
a slick spokesperson who can turn any criticism to the advantage of their employer
Francophil, Francophile
an admirer of France and everything French
free trader
an advocate of unrestricted international trade
an adherent of functionalism
a supporter of James II after he was overthrown or a supporter of the Stuarts
loyalist, stalwart
a person who is loyal to their allegiance (especially in times of revolt)
mouth, mouthpiece
a spokesperson (as a lawyer)
nationalist leader
the leader of a nationalist movement
New Dealer
a supporter of the economic policies in the United States known as the New Deal
Graecophile, philhellene, philhellenist
an admirer of Greece and everything Greek
mainstay, pillar
a prominent supporter
a supporter of parliament and Oliver Cromwell during the English Civil War
someone who endorses a motion or petition as a necessary preliminary to a discussion or vote
an admirer of G. B. Shaw or his works
a male spokesperson
a female spokesperson
endorser, indorser, ratifier, subscriber
someone who expresses strong approval
a woman advocate of women's right to vote (especially a militant advocate in the United Kingdom at the beginning of the 20th century)
sympathiser, sympathizer, well-wisher
someone who shares your feelings or opinions and hopes that you will be successful
toaster, wassailer
someone who proposes a toast; someone who drinks to the health of success of someone or some venture
bagman, commercial traveler, commercial traveller, roadman, traveling salesman, travelling salesman
a salesman who travels to call on customers
maintainer, sustainer, upholder
someone who upholds or maintains
verifier, voucher
someone who vouches for another or for the correctness of a statement
a supporter of the American Revolution
white separatist
someone who advocates a society in which white people live separately from members of other races
white supremacist
a person who believes that the white race is or should be supreme
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individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
a human being

n a lawyer who pleads cases in court

counsel, counsellor, counselor, counselor-at-law, pleader
Type of:
attorney, lawyer
a professional person authorized to practice law; conducts lawsuits or gives legal advice

v speak, plead, or argue in favor of

“The doctor advocated a smoking ban in the entire house”
moralise, moralize, preachify, sermonise, sermonize
speak as if delivering a sermon; express moral judgements
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exhort, press, urge, urge on
force or impel in an indicated direction

v push for something

recommend, urge
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advise, propose, suggest
make a proposal, declare a plan for something

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