American English

Definition of advocate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



(formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they advocate
he / she / it advocates
past simple advocated
-ing form advocating
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to support something publicly advocate something The group does not advocate the use of violence. advocate (somebody) doing something Many experts advocate rewarding your child for good behavior. advocate that… The report advocated that all buildings be equipped with smoke detectors. Thesaurusrecommendadvise advocate urgeThese words all mean to tell someone what you think they should do in a particular situation.recommend to tell someone what you think they should do in a particular situation; to say what you think the price or level of something should be:We recommend that you buy your tickets early. a recommended price of $50advise to tell someone what you think they should do in a particular situation:She advised me not to tell him.recommend or advise?Advise is a stronger word than recommend and is often used when the person giving the advice is in a position of authority:Police are advising fans without tickets to stay away. Police are recommending fans without tickets to stay away.I advise you… can suggest that you know better than the person you are advising: this may cause offense if they are your equal or senior to you. I recommend… mainly suggests that you are trying to be helpful and is less likely to cause offense. Recommend is often used with more positive advice to tell someone about possible benefits and advise with more negative advice to warn someone about possible dangers:He advised reading the book before seeing the movie. I would recommend against going out on your own.advocate (formal) to support or recommend something publicly:The group does not advocate the use of violence.urge (formal) to recommend something strongly:The situation is dangerous, and the UN is urging caution.Patterns to recommend/advise/urge that… It is recommended/advised >that…> to advise/urge somebody to do something to strongly recommend/advise/advocate somebody/something
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