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advocate (n.)

mid-14c., "one whose profession is to plead cases in a court of justice," a technical term from Roman law, from Old French avocat "barrister, advocate, spokesman," from Latin advocatus "one called to aid (another); a pleader (on one's behalf), advocate," noun use of past participle of advocare "to call (as witness or adviser), summon, invite; call to aid; invoke," from ad "to" (see ad-) + vocare "to call" (from PIE root *wekw- "to speak").

Also in Middle English as "one who intercedes for another," and "protector, champion, patron." Feminine forms advocatess, advocatrice were in use in 15c.; advocatrix is from 17c.

advocate (v.)

"plead in favor of," 1640s, from advocate (n.) or from Latin advocatus, past participle of advocare. Related: 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