V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


verb, noun

Definition: (v.) to support, plead for, or speak for someone or something; (n.) 1. someone who supports or speaks for a cause or idea; 2. a lawyer

Synonyms: (v.) champion, promote, support, endorse, (n.) proponent, supporter, champion, lawyer, defender, voice

Antonyms: (v.) oppose, (n.) opponent

Tips: Advocate is derived from the Latin vox, "voice." Think of voicing support for something, or think of someone who is the figurative "voice for a cause." The related noun advocacy refers to active support of a cause, or to the upholding of a belief. Note the difference in pronounciation: the verb form is pronounced with a long second "a" (ad-vo-cayte); the noun is pronounced with a short second "a" (ad-vo-kit).

Usage Examples:

The Senator was a tireless advocate of campaign finance reform. (supporter, champion) noun

The chairman's passionate advocacy allowed the project to be financed even after many rounds of budget cuts. (support, upholding [of the project]) noun

Amnesty International advocates the cause for human rights. (champions, promotes) verb

The world-famous advocate of human rights went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize. (champion, supporter) noun

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