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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.
He advocates buying fruits and vegetables grown on local farms.
synonyms:
champion, endorse, recommend
antonyms:
impugn, oppose
similar words:
advise, back, counsel, defend, espouse, patronize, preach, promote, promulgate, second, support, uphold, urge
 
part of speech: noun
pronunciation: aed v kt
definition 1: one who supports a cause.
I am an advocate of health care 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?
similar words:
adviser, agent, attorney, barrister, counsel, defender, go-between, intercessor, intermediary, lawyer, mediator, public defender, solicitor
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The word advocate contains the following parts:
ad- Latin prefix that means to, toward
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Originally a Latin preposition and prefix, ad- occurs in English in Latin loanwords. It has multiple forms, as the final 'd' sound in ad- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See its assimilated forms: ac-, af-, ag-1, al-, an-, ap-, ar-, as-, and at-.
-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).