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advocate (n.)

14世纪中叶,"一个人的职业是在法庭上为案件辩护",这是一个来自罗马法的技术术语,来自古法语 avocat "barrister, advocate, spokesman",来自拉丁语 advocatus "一个被召唤来援助(另一个)的人;一个(代表自己的)恳求者,倡导者",名词使用 advocare "传唤(作为证人或顾问),传唤,邀请"的过去分词。呼吁援助;邀请,"来自 ad "to"(见 ad- )+ vocare "to call",与 vox (属性 vocis )"voice"(来自PIE根 *wekw- "to speak")有关。

在中古英语中也作"为他人求情的人"和"保护人、冠军、赞助人"。女性形式 advocatess , advocatrice 在 15 世纪被使用; advocatrix 是 17 世纪的。

advocate (v.)

"plead in favor of",1640年代,来自 advocate (n.)或来自拉丁文 advocatusadvocare 的过去分词。相关: Advocated ; advocating

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Definitions of advocate from WordNet
1
advocate (v.)
push for something;
Synonyms: recommend / urge
advocate (v.)
speak, plead, or argue in favor of;
The doctor advocated a smoking ban in the entire house
Synonyms: preach
2
advocate (n.)
a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea;
Synonyms: advocator / proponent / exponent
advocate (n.)
a lawyer who pleads cases in court;
Synonyms: counsel / counselor / counsellor / counselor-at-law / pleader
From wordnet.princeton.edu