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ad·vo·cate

advocate

 
 
parts of speech:
verb, noun
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part of speech: verb
pronunciation: aed v keIt
inflections: advocates, advocating, advocated
definition: to speak or act in favor of.
He advocates buying fruits and vegetables grown on local farms.
synonyms:
champion, endorse, recommend
antonyms:
oppose
similar words:
advise, back, defend, patronize, preach, promote, second, support, uphold, urge
 
part of speech: noun
pronunciation: aed v kt
definition: one who speaks or acts in favor of something.
I am an advocate for better care of our forests.
 
synonyms:
champion, defender, supporter
antonyms:
opponent
similar words:
patron
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The word advocate contains the following parts:
ad- Latin prefix that means to, toward
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Originally a Latin preposition and prefix, ad- occurs in English in Latin loanwords. It has multiple forms, as the final 'd' sound in ad- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See its assimilated forms: ac-, af-, ag-1, al-, an-, ap-, ar-, as-, and at-.
voc, -voke Latin root that means voice, to call
-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).