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as in:  an advocate

She is a passionate advocate for children’s welfare.
  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
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advocate advocates
Strongly Associated with:   advocacy
Standard suffix pronunciation:  When a word ends in "ate" and can be used as a verb or a noun/adjective, the last syllable of the word is often pronounced differently depending upon how it is used. The verb is typically pronounced with a long "a" as in the word "ate", but the noun or adjective is typically pronounced with a soft "a" which sounds more like "ut" in the word "hut".  Click on Dictionary (w/ pronunciation) to hear the pronunciations.
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  • She is a passionate advocate for children’s welfare.
  • Privacy advocates want the law changed.
  • I am not an advocate of big government, but only government can properly regulate air pollution.
  • Every reform needs examples more than advocates.

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  • He is the migrants’ strongest advocate in Nuevo Laredo.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • Perrin was an unlikely advocate for a multiethnic congregation.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • May I introduce: Mama Frank, the children’s advocate!
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • It is certainly a very remarkable fact, that one of the most efficient advocates of the slave population, now before the public, is a fugitive slave, in the person of FREDERICK DOUGLASS;
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • An advocate for an impostor?
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • 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

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  • He was wet through with sweat and he knew the bomb advocate was perfectly capable of tossing a grenade at any moment.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • 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
  • My soul should sue as advocate for thee.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Comedy of Errors
  • But the advocate of freedom in marriage was as much disappointed as a drooping bride at the alacrity with which he took that freedom and escaped to the world of men’s affairs.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • I moved to Washington to work as an advocate.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • the great and learned advocate
    Ben Jonson  --  Volpone
  • Nathaniel, it seems, already has an advocate and trusted acquaintance, namely me.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • Why do you keep playing devil’s advocate about this?
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Bend in the Road
  • Thus to the young Sappho spake the melon-venders; thus the captains to Zenobia; and in the damp cave over gnawed bones the hairy suitor thus protested to the woman advocate of matriarchy.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Indeed, advocates of a more aggressive approach to immigration argued that Mexican immigrants were a double threat.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • Vida was an advocate of culture-buying and efficiency-systems.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • The eminent advocate however, only succeeded in assuring those who were already assured of Darzac’s innocence.
    Leroux, Gaston  --  The Mystery of the Yellow Room
  • Not that I am an advocate for the prevailing fashion of acquiring a perfect knowledge of all languages, arts, and sciences.
    Austen, Jane  --  Lady Susan
  • The British State does not have the courage to face down the advocates of political Islam.
    David Frum’s Diary on National Review Online  -- 06/29/06)
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Associated words [difficulty]:   advocate [2] , advocacy [5]
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Most commonly used in these subjects:   Human Behavior, History, Public Policy & Politics
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