An advocate can be
- Someone who pleads the cause of another especially in the legal context. A person, who assists, defends, pleads or prosecutes for the cause of another before a tribunal or judicial court. In other words a lawyer.
- In Civil and Scots law, the term refers to a barrister who is a member of the Faculty of Advocates.
- Someone who defends or maintains a cause or proposal. For example “Advocates of civil rights”
- Someone who supports or promotes the interests of another or pleads in another's behalf; an intercessor. For example “advocates for abused children.”
The terms advocates, advocated, advocation all mean to speak, plead, or argue in favor of something.