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Associate vs. Advocate: What's the Difference?

Edited by Sumera Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Updated on September 27, 2023
"Associate" means to connect or join together, while "Advocate" refers to supporting, recommending, or arguing in favor of something or someone.

Key Differences

"Associate" and "Advocate" serve distinct roles within the English language, each carrying a unique essence. "Associate" primarily conveys the idea of connection or relation, either in terms of relationships, involvement, or affiliation. It could denote a colleague or a partner in a professional or casual setting. Conversely, "Advocate" signifies support, defense, or pleading for a cause, idea, or individual, often involving vocal or active endorsement.
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Examining "Associate," it emerges as a versatile term, able to function as a noun, verb, or adjective, depicting various levels of connection or collaboration. Whether referring to a business partner, a fellow member of an organization, or the act of linking ideas, "Associate" embodies a diverse range of interpersonal and conceptual relationships. In contrast, "Advocate," primarily functioning as a noun or a verb, represents the act of publicly supporting or recommending a particular cause or policy, underscoring a sense of passion or commitment.
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Delving deeper, "Associate" can also illustrate the concept of having partial status, such as an associate member who does not possess full membership rights, indicating a level of involvement or commitment. It’s a term with a broad spectrum, applying to various situations where connections or relations are central. On the other side, "Advocate" implies a stronger sense of support, often rooted in belief or conviction, and it usually involves articulating support or arguing in favor of a cause, person, or idea, emphasizing the role of expression and belief.
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In a professional context, an "Associate" may imply a junior level or a person holding a specific role within a hierarchy, suggesting certain responsibilities or tasks. This term is adaptable, fitting seamlessly into diverse professional environments. Meanwhile, "Advocate" in a professional setting may denote a person who speaks on behalf of others, like a lawyer, or someone who champions a specific cause or initiative, implying active engagement and vocal support.
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Sep 27, 2023

Comparison Chart

Meaning

To connect or join together
To support, recommend, or argue in favor
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Usage

Noun, Verb, Adjective
Noun, Verb
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Context

Relationships, Affiliation
Support, Defense, Plea
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Function

Depicts various levels of connection
Represents vocal or active endorsement
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Professional Implication

May imply a junior level or specific role
May denote a person who speaks on behalf of others or champions a cause
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Associate and Advocate Definitions

Associate

A person connected to another or others for a common purpose.
She is my associate in the new venture.
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Advocate

A person who pleads a case on someone else’s behalf.
The advocate presented the case meticulously.
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Associate

To connect in the mind or imagination
"I always somehow associate Chatterton with autumn" (John Keats).
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Advocate

A person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy.
She is a strong advocate for educational reform.
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Associate

To connect or involve with a cause, group, or partner
Wasn't she associated with the surrealists?.
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Advocate

To argue in favor of something in a court of law.
The lawyer advocated on behalf of her client.
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Associate

To correlate or connect logically or causally
Asthma is associated with air pollution.
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Advocate

To express one's support or approval for a cause or person.
Many advocate for renewable energy sources.
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Associate

To join in or form a league, union, or association
The workers associated in a union.
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Advocate

To speak, plead, or argue in favor of
Advocate a vegan diet.
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Associate

To spend time socially; keep company
Associates with her coworkers on weekends.
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Advocate

Usage Problem To act as an advocate
Advocated for her patients.
Advocated for more stringent crime laws.
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Associate

A person united with another or others in an act, enterprise, or business; a partner or colleague.
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Advocate

One that argues for a cause; a supporter or defender
An advocate of civil rights.
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Associate

An employee, especially one in a subordinate position,
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Advocate

One that pleads in another's behalf; an intercessor
Advocates for abused children and spouses.
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Associate

A companion; a comrade.
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Advocate

A lawyer.
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Associate

One that habitually accompanies or is associated with another; an attendant circumstance.
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Advocate

Someone whose job is to speak for someone's case in a court of law; a counsel.
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Associate

A member of an institution or society who is granted only partial status or privileges.
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Advocate

Anyone who argues the case of another; an intercessor.
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Associate

Joined with another or others and having equal or nearly equal status
An associate editor.
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Advocate

A person who speaks in support of something, or someone.
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Associate

Having partial status or privileges
An associate member of the club.
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Advocate

A person who supports others to make their voices heard, or ideally for them to speak up for themselves.
Since she started working with her advocate, she has become much more confident.
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Associate

Following or accompanying; concomitant.
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Advocate

(transitive) To plead in favour of; to defend by argument, before a tribunal or the public; to support, vindicate, or recommend publicly.
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Associate

Joined with another or others and having lower status.
The associate editor is someone who has some experience in editing but not sufficient experience to qualify for a senior post.
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Advocate

(transitive) To encourage support for something.
I like trees, but I do not advocate living in them.
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Associate

Having partial status or privileges.
He is an associate member of the club.
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Advocate

To engage in advocacy.
We have been advocating for changes in immigration law.
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Associate

Following or accompanying; concomitant.
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Advocate

To appeal from an inferior court to the Court of Session.
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Associate

Connected by habit or sympathy.
Associate motions: those that occur sympathetically, in consequence of preceding motions
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Advocate

To call a case before itself for decision.
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Associate

A person united with another or others in an act, enterprise, or business; a partner.
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Advocate

One who pleads the cause of another. Specifically: One who pleads the cause of another before a tribunal or judicial court; a counselor.
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Associate

Somebody with whom one works, coworker, colleague.
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Advocate

One who defends, vindicates, or espouses any cause by argument; a pleader; as, an advocate of free trade, an advocate of truth.
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Associate

A companion; a comrade.
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Advocate

Christ, considered as an intercessor.
We have an Advocate with the Father.
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Associate

One that habitually accompanies or is associated with another; an attendant circumstance.
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Advocate

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.
This is the only thing distinct and sensible, that has been advocated.
Eminent orators were engaged to advocate his cause.
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Associate

A member of an institution or society who is granted only partial status or privileges.
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Advocate

To act as advocate.
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Associate

(algebra) One of a pair of elements of an integral domain (or a ring) such that the two elements are divisible by each other (or, equivalently, such that each one can be expressed as the product of the other with a unit).
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Advocate

A person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea
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Associate

(intransitive) To join in or form a league, union, or association.
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Advocate

A lawyer who pleads cases in court
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Associate

(intransitive) To spend time socially; keep company.
She associates with her coworkers on weekends.
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Advocate

Push for something;
The travel agent recommended strongly that we not travel on Thanksgiving Day
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Associate

To join as a partner, ally, or friend.
He associated his name with many environmental causes.
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Advocate

Speak, plead, or argue in favour of;
The doctor advocated a smoking ban in the entire house
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Associate

(transitive) To connect or join together; combine.
Particles of gold associated with other substances
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Advocate

To recommend or support publicly.
He advocates for animal rights.
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Associate

(transitive) To connect evidentially, or in the mind or imagination.
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Associate

To endorse.
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Associate

(mathematics) To be associative.
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Associate

To accompany; to be in the company of.
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Associate

To join with one, as a friend, companion, partner, or confederate; as, to associate others with us in business, or in an enterprise.
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Associate

To join or connect; to combine in acting; as, particles of gold associated with other substances.
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Associate

To connect or place together in thought.
He succeeded in associating his name inseparably with some names which will last as long as our language.
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Associate

To accompany; to keep company with.
Friends should associate friends in grief and woe.
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Associate

To unite in company; to keep company, implying intimacy; as, congenial minds are disposed to associate.
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Associate

To unite in action, or to be affected by the action of a different part of the body.
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Associate

Closely connected or joined with some other, as in interest, purpose, employment, or office; sharing responsibility or authority; as, an associate judge.
While I descend . . . to my associate powers.
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Associate

Admitted to some, but not to all, rights and privileges; as, an associate member.
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Associate

Connected by habit or sympathy; as, associate motions, such as occur sympathetically, in consequence of preceding motions.
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Associate

A companion; one frequently in company with another, implying intimacy or equality; a mate; a fellow.
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Associate

A partner in interest, as in business; or a confederate in a league.
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Associate

One connected with an association or institution without the full rights or privileges of a regular member; as, an associate of the Royal Academy.
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Associate

Anything closely or usually connected with another; an concomitant.
The one [idea] no sooner comes into the understanding, than its associate appears with it.
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Associate

A person who joins with others in some activity;
He had to consult his associate before continuing
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Associate

A person who is frequently in the company of another;
Drinking companions
Comrades in arms
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Associate

Any event that usually accompanies or is closely connected with another;
First was the lightning and then its thunderous associate
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Associate

A degree granted by a two-year college on successful completion of the undergraduates course of studies
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Associate

Make a logical or causal connection;
I cannot connect these two pieces of evidence in my mind
Colligate these facts
I cannot relate these events at all
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Associate

Keep company with; hang out with;
He associates with strange people
She affiliates with her colleagues
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Associate

Bring or come into association or action;
The churches consociated to fight their dissolution
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Associate

Having partial rights and privileges or subordinate status;
An associate member
An associate professor
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Associate

To connect or join together.
We often associate warm weather with vacation time.
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Associate

A partner or colleague in business or at work.
My associate will handle your account while I am away.
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Associate

To have a relationship with a group or organization.
She is an associate member of the club.
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FAQs

Can "Associate" be used as a verb?

Yes, "Associate" can function as a verb, noun, or adjective.
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Is "Advocate" often used to denote support for a cause?

Yes, "Advocate" frequently denotes support, recommendation, or defense of a cause or policy.
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Can "Associate" reflect a partial status or limited privileges?

Yes, "Associate" can denote having partial status or limited privileges, such as an associate member.
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Do "Associate" and "Advocate" convey the same meaning?

No, "Associate" means to connect or join together, and "Advocate" means to support or argue in favor.
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Can a lawyer be an advocate?

Yes, a lawyer can be an advocate, representing and arguing cases for clients.
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Is "Advocate" more about expression and belief?

Yes, "Advocate" typically involves expressing support or belief in a cause, policy, or individual.
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Is an associate professor a full professor?

No, an associate professor is typically a rank below a full professor.
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Can "Advocate" imply a sense of passion or commitment?

Yes, "Advocate" often implies a strong sense of support, passion, or commitment to a cause or idea.
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Can "Associate" refer to a colleague?

Yes, "Associate" can refer to a colleague or partner in business or work.
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Can the term "Associate" apply to various professional environments?

Yes, the term "Associate" is adaptable and can fit into diverse professional environments.
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Does "Associate" imply a certain level of hierarchy in employment?

Yes, "Associate" can imply a junior level or specific role within a professional hierarchy.
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Can "Advocate" be used as a noun?

Yes, "Advocate" can be used as both a noun and a verb.
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Is it correct to say someone advocates for human rights?

Yes, it is correct and common to say someone advocates for human rights.
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Can "Advocate" represent active engagement and vocal support in professional settings?

Yes, "Advocate" can denote active engagement and vocal support for causes or initiatives in professional contexts.
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Can "Associate" mean having a relationship with an organization?

Yes, "Associate" can refer to having a relationship or affiliation with a group or organization.
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