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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ad·vo·cate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Advocated p. pr. & vb. n. Advocating ]  To plead in favor of; to defend by argument, before a tribunal or the public; to support, vindicate, or recommend publicly.
    To advocate the cause of thy client.   --Bp. Sanderson (1624).
    This is the only thing distinct and sensible, that has been advocated.   --Burke.
    Eminent orators were engaged to advocate his cause.   --Mitford.