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ADVOCATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does advocate mean? 

ADVOCATE (noun)
  The noun ADVOCATE has 2 senses:

1. a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea
2. a lawyer who pleads cases in court

  Familiarity information: ADVOCATE used as a noun is rare.


ADVOCATE (verb)
  The verb ADVOCATE has 2 senses:

1. push for something
2. speak, plead, or argue in favour of

  Familiarity information: ADVOCATE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


ADVOCATE (noun)


Sense 1advocate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

advocate; advocator; exponent; proponent

Hypernyms ("advocate" is a kind of...):

individual; mortal; person; somebody; someone; soul (a human being)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "advocate"):

apologist; justifier; vindicator (a person who argues to defend or justify some policy or institution)

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))

interpreter; representative; spokesperson; voice (an advocate who represents someone else's policy or purpose)

suffragist (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.)

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)

partitionist (an advocate of partitioning a country)

drumbeater; partisan; zealot (a fervent and even militant proponent of something)

constitutionalist (an advocate of constitutional government)

Darwinian (an advocate of Darwinism)

democrat; populist (an advocate of democratic principles)

federalist (an advocate of federalism)

Gnostic (an advocate of Gnosticism)

humanist (an advocate of the principles of humanism)

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)

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)


Sense 2advocate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A lawyer who pleads cases in court

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

counsel; pleader; counselor-at-law; advocate; counselor; counsellor

Hypernyms ("advocate" is a kind of...):

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

Domain category:

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)


ADVOCATE (verb)


Sense 1advocate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Push for something

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

advocate; recommend; urge

Context example:

The travel agent recommended strongly that we not travel on Thanksgiving Day

Hypernyms (to "advocate" is one way to...):

advise; propose; suggest (make a proposal, declare a plan for something)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Sense 2advocate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Speak, plead, or argue in favour of

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

advocate; preach

Context example:

The doctor advocated a smoking ban in the entire house

Hypernyms (to "advocate" is one way to...):

exhort; press; urge; urge on (force or impel in an indicated direction)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "advocate"):

moralise; moralize; preachify; sermonise; sermonize (speak as if delivering a sermon; express moral judgements)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE
Somebody ----s to somebody


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