Definition of advocate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

advocate

 verb
verbVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they advocate
BrE BrE//ˈædvəkeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈædvəkeɪt//
 
he / she / it advocates
BrE BrE//ˈædvəkeɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈædvəkeɪts//
 
past simple advocated
BrE BrE//ˈædvəkeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈædvəkeɪtɪd//
 
past participle advocated
BrE BrE//ˈædvəkeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈædvəkeɪtɪd//
 
-ing form advocating
BrE BrE//ˈædvəkeɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈædvəkeɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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BrE BrE//ˈædvəkeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈædvəkeɪt//
 
(formal) to support something publicly advocate something The group does not advocate the use of violence. Heart specialists strongly advocate low-cholesterol diets. These policies have been widely advocated. advocate (somebody) doing something Many experts advocate rewarding your child for good behaviour. advocate that… The report advocated that all buildings be fitted with smoke detectors. (British English also) The report advocated that all buildings should be fitted with smoke detectors. Synonymsrecommendadvise advocate urgeThese words all mean to tell somebody what you think they should do in a particular situation.recommend to tell somebody what you think they should do in a particular situation; to say what you think the price or level of something should be:We’d recommend you to book your flight early. a recommended price of $50 advise to tell somebody what you think they should do in a particular situation:I’d advise you 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 offence 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 offence. Recommend is often used with more positive advice to tell somebody about possible benefits and advise with more negative advice to warn somebody 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/​advocate/​urge that… It is recommended/​advised/​advocated/​urged that… to recommend/​advise/​urge somebody to do something to recommend/​advise/​advocate doing something to strongly recommend/​advise/​advocate somebody/​something
Word Origin Middle English: from Old French avocat, from Latin advocatus, past participle (used as a noun) of advocare ‘call (to one's aid)’, from ad- ‘to’ + vocare ‘to call’.
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