ad·vo·cate 1 /'ad-və-kət, -ˌkāt/ n [Latin advocatus adviser to a party in a lawsuit, counselor, from past participle of advocare to summon, employ as counsel, from ad to + vocare to call]
1: a person (as a lawyer) who works and argues in support of another's cause esp. in court
2: a person or group that defends or maintains a cause or proposal
a consumer advocate
ad·vo·cate 2 /'ad-və-ˌkāt/ vb -cat·ed, -cat·ing
vt: to argue in favor of
vi: to act as an advocate
shall advocate for minority business — V. M. Rivera

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I (counselor) noun adviser, apologist, attorney, attorney-at-law, barrister, barrister-at-law, champion, counsel learned in the law, counselor-at-law, defender, friend at court, friend in court, interagent, interceder, intercessor, interlocutor, intermediary, intermediate, intermediate agent, intermediator, intermedium, internuncio, intervener, interventionist, interventor, jurisconsult, jurist, justifier, lawyer, learned counsel, legal adviser, legal practitioner, legal representative, legate, legist, maintainer, man of law, mediator, medium, member of the legal profession, mover, negotiant, negotiator, one called to the bar, paraclete, patron, patronus, pleader, proctor, prompter, protector, representative, seconder, solicitor, spokesman, spokeswoman, suasor, upholder, votary II (espouser) noun abettor, adherent, apologist, auctor, backer, champion, countenancer, defender, encourager, exponent, expounder, favorer, maintainer, partisan, patron, promoter, propagandist, propagator, proponent, seconder, sectary, spokesman, spokeswoman, support, supporter, sympathizer, upholder, votary associated concepts: advocate the abolishment of the death sentence, advocate the commission of a crime, advocate the overthrow of government III verb advise, allege in support, approve, argue for, assert, back, champion, commend, consent, contend for, counsel, defend, endorse, espouse, exhort, favor, give advice, plead for, plead in favor of, plead one's case, plead one's cause, prescribe, promote, prompt, propose, propound, recommend, sanction, second, speak in favor of, suadere, subscribe to, suggest, support, uphold, urge associated concepts: advocate the commission of a crime, advocate the overthrow of government IV index abet, abettor, adhere (maintain loyalty), admonish (advise), advise, amicus curiae, apologist, approve, assistant, attorney, authorize, backer, barrister, benefactor, certify (attest), claim (maintain), coactor, colleague, conduit (intermediary), corroborate, council (consultant), counsel (noun), counsel (verb), counselor, countenance, defend, disciple, embrace (accept), espouse, esquire, exhort, favor, foster, incite, indorse, instruct (direct), jurist, lawyer, maintain (sustain), partisan, pass (approve), patron (influential supporter), petition, plead (argue a case), plenipotentiary, posit, prescribe, pressure, proctor, profess (avow), promote (advance), promote (organize), promoter, proponent, propose, propound, recommend, side, special interest, spokesman, sponsor, subscribe (promise), uphold, urge

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Someone who supports a cause or argues for something; someone who defends another; a legal counselor or representative.
To argue in support or defense of; to recommend.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

in Scotland, a general term for a barrister, a member of the Faculty of Advocates. (Note, however, that in Aberdeen solicitors call themselves advocates.) They have the exclusive right to represent parties in the higher courts, subject since the passing of the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Scotland) Act 1990 to the provision that solicitor advocates are allowed to appear in these courts as well. The Faculty is a self-regulating body dating from the early 16th century. Its head is the elected Dean of Faculty. He is assisted by a Council. Training and education are generally similar to those of solicitors, both doing the diploma in legal practice after their LLB degree, with the principal exceptions being
(i) that the Roman law of obligations is compulsory for the bar and conveyancing is not, the situation in respect of solicitors being vice-versa;
(ii) the aspiring advocate breaks off the period of traineeship in a solicitor's office and then spends a period of pupillage, assisting and learning from his pupil master. The entrant has to be elected at the end of the process.
The professional code of the advocate is similar to that of the barrister, involving an obligation to act for any client willing to pay the necessary fee. The barrister's immunity for negligence having been departed from, it may reasonably be assumed that advocates will now be liable for their negligence in Scotland.
Advocates do not practise in chambers; rather they are independent. They do arrange to have one clerk act for a number of advocates. Although the advocate's fee is legally an honorarium and not recoverable through the courts, the Faculty established Faculty Services Ltd, which acts as a debt collector for members and provides them with general office services.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

1 n. One who actively assists, defends, pleads, prosecutes, speaks, writes, or otherwise supports the cause of another.
2 n. A lawyer.
3 v. To speak, write, or otherwise support a cause by argument.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

To support or defend by argument; to recommend publicly. An individual who presents or argues another's case; one who gives legal advice and pleads the cause of another before a court or tribunal; a counselor. A person admitted to the practice of law who advises clients of their legal rights and argues their cases in court.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

To support or defend by argument; to recommend publicly. An individual who presents or argues another's case; one who gives legal advice and pleads the cause of another before a court or tribunal; a counselor. A person admitted to the practice of law who advises clients of their legal rights and argues their cases in court.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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