Definition of Advocate (Simple and
Easy to Understand)
English Vocabulary Lesson
Learn a simple and easy-to-understand definition of
Many example sentences and vocabulary exercises are included.
Advocate (verb): to publicly
Advocating means speaking up for (supporting) something or someone.
You can advocate for yourself, or for other people or things. When
you advocate, you are trying to convince other people to
agree with your idea or join your side.
For example, let's say you advocate for animal rights. This means
you support the idea that animals should be treated with respect and
kindness, and that laws should protect their well-being and safety.
You might do this by signing petitions, donating money to
organizations that help animals, and writing letters to people in
power about why animal rights are important.
Advocate (noun), Definition 1:
- My friend advocated for better pay and more
flexible hours for her co-workers.
- The organization advocates for better
community services and has been pushing for more public
- Andrew advocates strongly against
deforestation because he believes it is bad for the environment.
(Deforestation means cutting down trees and forests)
- Advocating for change is the only way to make a
real impact in our community.
- The organization advocates for fair trade
practices and works to promote high standards.
- We need more people to advocate for quality
- Mr. Garcia has always advocated personal freedom and
fought to end discrimination.
- This magazine advocates a vegan lifestyle and
encourages people to avoid animal products.
- The charity advocates protecting endangered species
and works to ensure their safety.
- The problem with advocating is that it takes a lot of
effort and commitment to make a real difference. Advocating
requires a lot of dedication and time to produce true change.
someone who publicly
Advocates fight for a particular goal or belief.
They work to raise awareness about important
issues and get others to join too. Advocates often
create petitions, write letters to government officials, work with
organizations that support their beliefs, and publish their opinions
to spread the message.
For example, let's say someone is an
anti-corruption advocate. (Corruption is when people use their power
for their own benefit, instead of doing what they are supposed to
do.) This means they work to fight corruption by speaking out
against it, raising awareness about the issue, and working with
organizations to find solutions. They may organize protests, publish
articles online and in newspapers, lobby government officials, and
create programs to educate people about the problem. (To lobby means
to try to influence important decision-makers).
- The organization has many advocates who work to
protect endangered animals.
- She is an advocate of quality education and
has been working to provide better resources to schools.
- The lawyer is a passionate advocate for human
rights and works to end discrimination.
- We need more advocates to speak up for the environment
and protect nature.
- He is an advocate for justice and works to
ensure that everyone is treated fairly.
- Advocates work hard to create real change in society.
- This human rights organization has many advocates who
fight to end oppression. (Oppression means using power to
limit another person's freedom)
- The group of advocates is working to make sure that
everyone has access to basic needs like food and a place to
- Several advocates made a presentation to government
officials about the importance of investing in clean water
- She is a vocal advocate for freedom of speech
and works to protect free speech rights. (Vocal means
expressing opinions or ideas in a strong, clear way)
Advocate (noun), Definition 2:
someone who defends
someone in a law court (a lawyer).
An advocate is a legal professional who represents someone
in court. Advocates have the skills and
knowledge to help their clients and present evidence in court. They
use the law to make arguments and prepare proposals to support their
For example, let's say someone is accused of a crime. The defendant
(the person accused of the crime) will need an advocate to help them
defend themselves in court. The advocate will research the case,
collect evidence, analyze legal documents, interview witnesses and
prepare a defense strategy.
The word "advocate" comes from the Latin word "advocare",
which means "call for help".
- The advocate made a strong argument in favor of the
- She worked closely with the advocate to prepare for
her court case.
- The advocate made sure the defendant's rights were
protected throughout the court proceedings. (Proceedings
are the activities in a court case)
- The advocate presented evidence to the jury that
supported the defendant's innocence. (Jury is a group of
people who listen to the facts of a case in court and decide if
someone is guilty or not)
- My advocate was able to get the charges dropped due to
a lack of evidence.
- Never underestimate the power of a good advocate in
- Her advocate worked day and night to ensure that
justice was done.
- Unfortunately, the advocate did not present his case
in a clear and persuasive manner.
- Can I hire an advocate to help me with my legal case?
- A lawyer can act as an advocate in court.
It is a C2-level
word. It is used in both formal and informal contexts.
Playing Devil's Advocate
It Mean to "Play Devil's
is a phrase that comes from the
Catholic Church. It was originally used by priests who were debating
religious matters. The phrase means that you pretend to
have a different opinion
than you actually do, in order to
understand the other person's argument better
Today, it is used outside of the Church to refer to someone who
argues against a popular opinion in order to get people to think
It is a way to explore all sides of an issue and to better
Here's an example:
Let's say in a group of friends everyone agrees that in order to
lose weight you should eat less. Bob decides to play devil's
advocate and says that there are theories that it is actually more
effective to eat more. (Although Bob agrees with his friends, he is
pushing for them to explain the logic behind their thinking). This
encourages everyone in the group to express their own opinions more
thoroughly and to think more deeply about the issue.
By playing devil's advocate, a person can help stimulate a
meaningful discussion and encourage critical thinking.
Fill in the blanks and use "advocate" correctly in the sentences.
Note that "advocate" can be used as a verb or a noun.
1. The animal rights group has hired a skilled advocate
________________ their cause.
A) to advocate for
B) to advocate on
C) an advocate
2. He is an influential ________________ human rights.
A) advocating for
B) advocate to
C) advocate of
3. Marcy strongly ________________ tobacco use. She believes it is
bad for people's health.
A) advocates of
B) advocates against
C) advocates for
4. Are you actively ________________ the environment?
A) an advocate on
B) advocating for
5. The senator ________________ a policy that would reduce water
A) an advocate
C) advocated by
6. Our mayor is ________________ of the new reform.
A) an advocate
C) was advocating for
7. She ________________ the use of violence. Instead, she
believes in peaceful protests.
A) will never be an advocate
B) will never advocate against
C) will never advocate
8. In court, ________________ defends their client's case.
A) an advocate
C) advocate of
1. A | 2. C | 3. B | 4. B | 5. B | 6. A | 7. C | 8. A