• Someone whose job is to speak for someone's case in a court of law; a counsel.
  • Anyone who argues the case of another; an intercessor.
  • A person who speaks in support of something, or someone.
  • A person who supports others to make their voices heard, or ideally for them to speak up for themselves.


  • To plead in favour of; to defend by argument, before a tribunal or the public; to support, vindicate, or recommend publicly.
  • To encourage support for something.
  • To engage in advocacy.
  • To appeal from an inferior court to the Court of Session.
  • To call a case before itself for decision.


  • From Middle English advocat, advoket, from Old French advocat, from Latin advocātus (past participle of advoco), a calque of Ancient Greek παράκλητος (whence English paraclete). advoke, avouch, and avow.

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