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



    BrE BrE//ˈædvəkət//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈædvəkət//
    People in law
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  1. 1a person who supports or speaks in favour of somebody or of a public plan or action advocate (for something/somebody) an advocate for hospital workers advocate (of something/somebody) a staunch advocate of free speech see also devil’s advocate
  2. 2a person who defends somebody in court See related entries: People in law
  3. 3(in Scotland) a lawyer who has the right to argue cases in higher courts More Aboutlawyers Lawyer is a general term for a person who is qualified to advise people about the law, to prepare legal documents for them and/​or to represent them in a court of law. In England and Wales, a lawyer who is qualified to speak in the higher courts of law is called a barrister. In Scotland a barrister is called an advocate. In North American English attorney is a more formal word used for a lawyer and is used especially in job titles:district attorney. Counsel is the formal legal word used for a lawyer who is representing someone in court:counsel for the prosecution. Solicitor is the British English term for a lawyer who gives legal advice and prepares documents, for example when you are buying a house, and sometimes has the right to speak in a court of law. In North American English solicitor is only used in the titles of some lawyers who work for the government:Solicitor General. More Like This Pronunciation changes by part of speech abuse, alternate, advocate, approximate, contract, converse, convict, decrease, delegate, discount, duplicate, estimate, export, extract, graduate, import, intimate, moderate, object, permit, present, protest, record, refund, refuse, subject, suspect, survey, torment, upgradeSee worksheet.
  4. Word OriginMiddle 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’.Extra examples She’s a staunch advocate of free trade. an advocate of pacifism Canada was one of the strongest advocates of sanctions. She became a firm advocate of overseas ventures. Solicitors often appear as advocates in the lower courts. Those charged should be represented by trained, qualified legal advocates.
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