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advocate -- as in: to advocate
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as in: to advocate Define
to recommend or publicly support someone or something
  • She advocates stricter gun control.
  • She advocates giving all students the opportunity to attend school in the summer too.
  • 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)

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  • 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  -- 06/28/06)
  • When the animals had assembled in the big barn, Snowball stood up and, though occasionally interrupted by bleating from the sheep, set forth his reasons for advocating the building of the windmill.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • We were advocating only that this country live up to its promises to all citizens.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • ... I explained that my theory of education for the Negro would not, for example, confine him for all time to farm life ... but that, if he succeeded in this line of industry, he could lay the foundations upon which his children and grand-children could grow to higher and more important things in life. Such, in brief, were some of the views I advocated in this first address dealing with the broad question of the relations of the two races, and since that time I have not found any reason for changing my views on any important point.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • He was making a fair copy of a long new poem that he’d finished the previous evening and had promised to show that day to Stepan Grigorych, the doctor who advocated work therapy.
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

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  • Doctor, have the medical societies in Minnesota ever advocated legislation for help to nursing mothers?
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Separated from each other and half a world away, they could not advocate for their jailed husbands as effectively as if they stayed together nearby.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • I can’t advocate violence.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  • do you mean to say you advocate these strikes?
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • 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
  • Sullivan addresses political and social issues and advocates for gay rights.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • ...the community dances which Mrs. Nat Hicks advocated.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Marsha held on despite these challenges and started advocating for some of the younger women.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Soldiers who had advocated an antislavery war from the beginning naturally welcomed the proclamation.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • One of the techniques advocated by Dale Carnegie was: find the man’s hobby.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • There were even organizations such as the Junior Anti-Sex League, which advocated complete celibacy for both sexes.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • The Convention advocated careers for married women; the Wynand papers had fought against the employment of married women for many years.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Some eugenicists advocated euthanasia, and in mental hospitals, this was quietly carried out on scores of people through "lethal neglect" or outright murder.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • He advocated thrift and hard work and disapproved of loose women who turned him down.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • He was opposed by men who advocated that there were other plans of campaign.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • She advocated a high tone of sentiment; but she did not know the sensations of sympathy and pity; tenderness and truth were not in her.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • I advocated that every single page should be separated from the others and dropped into the nearest volcano, and Abraham along with it.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • Why, carry out logically the theory you were advocating just now, and it follows that people may be killed….
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • The copilot should have advocated for his own opinions in a stronger way… Our ability to succeed at what we do is powerfully bound up with where we re from, and being a good pilot and coming from a high-power distance culture is a difficult mix.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • The only difference consists in the opposite character of the equality advocated by these two men; one is the equality that elevates, the other is the equality that degrades; one brings a king within reach of the guillotine, the other elevates the people to a level with the throne.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Material advocating the equality of whites and blacks?
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • Reb Saunders didn’t mind his son reading forbidden books, but never would he let his son be the friend of the son of a man who was advocating the establishment of a secular Jewish state run by Jewish goyim.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • This allusion to Nancy’s doubtful character, raised a vast quantity of chaste wrath in the bosoms of four housemaids, who remarked, with great fervour, that the creature was a disgrace to her sex; and strongly advocated her being thrown, ruthlessly, into the kennel.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • But now, back home, she advocated female education openly.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • Another who wished to gain some advantage would attract the Emperor’s attention by loudly advocating the very thing the Emperor had hinted at the day before, and would dispute and shout at the council, beating his breast and challenging those who did not agree with him to duels, thereby proving that he was prepared to sacrifice himself for the common good.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Stepan Arkadyevitch took in and read a liberal paper, not an extreme one, but one advocating the views held by the majority.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • The same applies in human relationships, where Aristotle advocated the "Golden Mean."
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Society-and Dr. Robert Stadler-have achieved everything they advocated.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Mr Justice Fitzgibbon, the present lord justice of appeal, had spoken and the paper under debate was an essay (new for those days), advocating the revival of the Irish tongue.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Those professional warriors had never advocated a willingness to sacrifice themselves for anyone.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Minnie answered "yes," but Carrie could feel that going to the theatre was poorly advocated here.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Most backup protocols advocated a secondary backup system off-site in case of earthquake, fire, or theft, but Katherine and her brother agreed that secrecy was paramount; once this data left the building to an off-site server, they could no longer be certain it would stay private.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • This policy has been courageously and insistently advocated for over fifteen years, and has been triumphant for perhaps ten years.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • I am not advocating free love in this or any other case.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • Undoubtedly he must be advocating ideas that the South did not like.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • Which apparently was written by a group of terribly advanced monks who sort of advocated this really incredible method of praying.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • I advocated love, especially.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • The League itself isn’t dangerous-but some of its extremists are openly advocating violence.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • But for the rest of her life she advocated small weddings in ordinary clothes.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
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as in: to advocate Define
to recommend or publicly support someone or something
as in: an advocate Define
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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