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advocate
used in Do You Speak American?

2 meanings, 4 uses
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1  —2 uses as in:
to advocate
Definition
to recommend or publicly support (someone or something)
  • The U.S. English organization suffered a public-relations disaster in 1988, when Dr. John Tanton, another founder, advocated forced sterilization as a means of population and immigration control.
    five — Hispanic Immigration: Reconquest or Assimilation? (70% in)
  • Baugh sees both sides of this, having felt the pull both ways: "At a young age, then, I received mixed messages about language; some were overt, advocating that I 'speak properly' and avoid 'bad language,' whereas others were more subtle, reflected by the hippest Sisters and Brothers who emphatically rejected 'white speech."
    six — Bad-mouthing Black English (48% in)
advocating = recommending
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2  —1 use 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
  • Advocates of a freer policy say it isn't working, because there is still covert harassment, and discharges for outed homosexuality continue.
    seven — Language from a State of Change (81% in)

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?  —1 use
exact meaning not specified
  • Perhaps worse, it is under attack by some teachers and grammarians who advocate permissiveness far beyond the normal processes by which the language evolves.
    three — Toward a Standard: Putting the "R" in "American" (84% in)

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