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Topic: LAW

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: avocat, from Latin, past participle of advocare 'to summon', from ad- 'to' + vocare 'to call'

advocate

2 noun
     
ad‧vo‧cate2 [countable]
1 someone who publicly supports someone or something
advocate of
She's a passionate advocate of natural childbirth.
advocate for
an advocate for the disabled
2BOSCL a lawyer who speaks in a court of law, especially in Scotland
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