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1    advise, argue for, campaign for, champion, commend, countenance, defend, encourage, espouse, favour, hold a brief for     (informal)   justify, plead for, prescribe, press for, promote, propose, recommend, speak for, support, uphold, urge  
2    apologist, apostle, backer, campaigner, champion, counsellor, defender, pleader, promoter, proponent, proposer, speaker, spokesman, supporter, upholder  
3      (Law)   attorney, barrister, counsel, lawyer, solicitor  
,       vb   contradict, oppose, resist, speak against, take a stand against, take issue with  
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     ( advocates    plural & 3rd person present)   ( advocating    present participle)   ( advocated    past tense & past participle  )
The verb is pronounced ædvəkeɪt. The noun is pronounced ædvəkət.     
1       verb   If you advocate a particular action or plan, you recommend it publicly.  

Mr Williams is a conservative who advocates fewer government controls on business.      V n  
...the tax policy advocated by the Opposition.      V-ed  
2       n-count   An advocateof a particular action or plan is someone who recommends it publicly.  
FORMAL   oft N of n   (=proponent)  
He was a strong advocate of free market policies and a multi-party system.     
3       n-count   An advocate is a lawyer who speaks in favour of someone or defends them in a court of law.     (LEGAL)   (=lawyer)  
4       n-count   An advocate for a particular group is a person who works for the interests of that group.  
  (AM)   with supp  
...advocates for the homeless...     
    devil's advocate  

devil's advocate     
If you playdevil's advocate in a discussion or debate, you express an opinion which you may not agree with but which is very different to what other people have been saying, in order to make the argument more interesting.      n-uncount   also with det  

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