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advocate

ad·vo·cate

advocate

 
 
parts of speech:
transitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
pronunciation: aed v keIt
inflections: advocated, advocates, advocating
definition: to urge support or acceptance of.
The town council advocates buying fruits and vegetables grown on local farms.One candidate advocates the removal of the state's death penalty, while the other opposes that idea.
synonyms:
champion, endorse, recommend
antonyms:
impugn, oppose
similar words:
advise, back, counsel, defend, espouse, patronize, preach, promote, promulgate, second, support, uphold, urge
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part of speech: noun
pronunciation: aed v kt
definition 1: one who supports a cause.
She is an outspoken advocate of prison reform.
 
synonyms:
backer, champion, defender, exponent, supporter
antonyms:
critic, opponent
similar words:
activist, apologist, apostle, patron, promoter, proponent
definition 2: one who defends or pleads on behalf of another, esp. in a court of law.
Who is the advocate for the defendant?Parents of children with severe disabilities must often become tireless advocates in order for their children to receive needed services.
similar words:
adviser, agent, attorney, barrister, counsel, defender, go-between, intercessor, intermediary, lawyer, mediator, public defender, solicitor
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