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advocate
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4 meanings
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1  —as in:
to advocate
Definition to recommend or publicly support someone or something
  • She advocates stricter gun control.
advocates = publicly supports
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She advocates giving all students the opportunity to attend school in the summer too.
  • advocates = recommends or publicly supports
  • The doctor advocated a smoking ban in the entire house.
  • I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me.
    Hunter S. Thompson (who committed suicide in 2005)
  • In conformity with the principle that a display of reason rather than a threat of force should be the determining factor in the intercourse among nations, we have long advocated the peaceful settlement of disputes...
    Calvin Coolidge (30th President)  --  Inaugural Address of 1924
  • ...a grassroots organization advocating lower taxes, less government, and more freedom.
    Matt Kibbe  --  FreedomWorks — Hey, Big Spender  --  http://www.freedomworks.org/processor/printer.php?issue_id=2634 (retrieved 06/28/06)
  • How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  • advocate = publicly support
  • We were advocating only that this country live up to its promises to all citizens.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • advocating = recommending
  • Even a columnist, with a license to advocate for one thing or another, generally stops short of personal involvement in the life of a subject.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • advocate = publicly support
  • Doctor, have the medical societies in Minnesota ever advocated legislation for help to nursing mothers?
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
advocated = publicly supported

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2  —as in:
an advocate supporting
Definition a person who publicly supports and works to advance a cause

or more rarely:

someone acting in the role of a defense lawyer in England's past and in some jurisdictions today
  • She is a passionate advocate for children's welfare.
advocate = a person who publicly supports and works to advance a cause
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Privacy advocates want the law changed.
  • advocates = outspoken supporters
  • I am not an advocate of big government, but only government can properly regulate air pollution.
  • Every reform needs examples more than advocates.
  • He is the migrants' strongest advocate in Nuevo Laredo.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique's Journey
  • advocate = public supporter
  • I moved to Washington to work as an advocate.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • advocate = spokesperson (supporter of a cause)
  • The advocates of nuclear disarmament seem to believe that, if they could achieve their aim, war would become tolerable and decent.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • advocates = people who publicly support
  • Perrin was an unlikely advocate for a multiethnic congregation.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • advocate = spokesperson (public supporter)
  • May I introduce: Mama Frank, the children's advocate!
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • advocate = supporter (spokesperson)
  • If she dares trust me with her little babe,
    I'll show't the king, and undertake to be
    Her advocate to th' loud'st. ...
    William Shakespeare  --  The Winter's Tale
advocate = supporter (spokesperson)

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3  —as in:
an advocate in court
Definition a lawyer or officer of the court in some jurisdictions in Europe, colonial America, and the military
  • She is a U.S. Army judge advocate.
advocate = a lawyer for the military
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • A solicitor advocate is qualified to represent clients in the higher courts in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
  • advocate = lawyer (in some jurisdictions)
  • The company needs a good advocate to represent them in trial in Scotland.
  • advocate = lawyer
  • My soul should sue as advocate for thee.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Comedy of Errors
  • advocate = lawyer
  • the great and learned advocate
    Ben Jonson  --  Volpone
  • advocate = lawyer
  • Mosca, I was almost lost, the advocate
    Had betrayed all; but now it is recovered;
    All's on the hinge again—
    Ben Jonson  --  Volpone
  • advocate = lawyer
  • The advocate's a knave, And has a forked tongue—
    Ben Jonson  --  Volpone
  • advocate = lawyer
  • I am mad, a mule That never read Justinian, should get up, And ride an advocate.
    Ben Jonson  --  Volpone
  • advocate = lawyer
  • 'I have not the inclination to parley,' said Mr. Brownlow, 'and, as I advocate the dearest interests of others, I have not the right.'
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • advocate = act as an English lawyer for
  • My advocate is dumb; look to my merchant,
    He has heard of some strange storm, a ship is lost,
    He faints; my lady will swoon.
    Ben Jonson  --  Volpone
advocate = lawyer

4  —as in:
I'll play the devil's advocate
Definition a person who takes an unpopular position to encourage debate or test ideas
  • The Devil's Advocate was never supposed to reveal his identity.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
devil's advocate = generally someone who takes an unpopular position to encourage debate; but in this book referring specifically to an historic job title in the Roman Catholic Church given to someone whose job was to point to weaknesses in a candidate
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The Devil's Advocate was appointed in advance by the reigning Pope in preparation for his own death.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • devil's advocate = generally someone who takes an unpopular position to encourage debate; but in this book referring specifically to an historic job title in the Roman Catholic Church given to someone whose job was to point to weaknesses in a candidate
  • "I was the Devil's Advocate," Mortati repeated.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • devil's advocate = generally someone who takes an unpopular position to encourage debate; but in this book referring specifically to an historic job title in the Roman Catholic Church given to someone whose job was to point to weaknesses in a candidate
  • The infamous "Devil's Advocate" was the authority when it came to scandalous information inside the Vatican.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • devil's advocate = generally someone who takes an unpopular position to encourage debate; but in this book referring specifically to an historic job title in the Roman Catholic Church given to someone whose job was to point to weaknesses in a candidate
  • I was the Devil's Advocate.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • devil's advocate = someone who takes an unpopular position to encourage debate or test ideas
  • Jordan crossed his arms, playing devil's advocate.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • devil's advocate = someone who takes an unpopular position to encourage debate or test ideas
  • "Why do you keep playing devil's advocate about this?" he demanded.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Bend in the Road
  • devil's advocate = someone who takes an unpopular position to encourage debate or test ideas
  • "Let me play devil's advocate," Maggie said.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • devil's advocate = someone who takes an unpopular position to encourage debate or test ideas
  • You'll have to forgive me for playing devil's advocate.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • devil's advocate = someone who takes an unpopular position to encourage debate or test ideas
  • Jordan had been playing devil's advocate, to see if Peter would take the bait, and sure enough the boy's face transformed.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
devil's advocate = someone who takes an unpopular position to encourage debate

Less commonly:
Historically, "Devil's Advocate" could refer specifically to someone appointed by the Roman Catholic Church to argue against moving someone toward being declared a saint.
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