Advocates vs Following - What's the difference?

advocates | following |

As nouns the difference between advocates and following

is that advocates is while following is a group of followers, attendants or admirers; an entourage.

As a verb advocates

is (advocate).

As an adjective following is

coming next, either in sequence or in time.

As a preposition following is

after, subsequent to.




  • (advocate)
  • Noun


  • advocate



    (en noun)
  • Someone whose job is to speak for someone's case in a court of law; a counsel.
  • Anyone who argues the case of another; an intercessor.
  • * c. 1591 , (William Shakespeare), Richard III , First Folio 1623:
  • I neuer did incense his Maiestie / Against the Duke of Clarence, but haue bin / An earnest aduocate to plead for him.
  • A person who speaks in support of something.
  • * 2011 , Alix Lee, The Guardian , 9 Oct 2011:
  • He became a tireless advocate for the needs of adults with IMD throughout Britain and internationally.
  • 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.

    Derived terms

    * devil's advocate


  • (label) To plead in favour of; to defend by argument, before a tribunal or the public; to support, vindicate, or recommend publicly.
  • * (and other bibliographic particulars) Bishop Sanderson
  • * (and other bibliographic particulars) (Burke)
  • (label) To encourage support for something.
  • To engage in advocacy.
  • Synonyms

    * See also


    * English heteronyms ----




  • Coming next, either in sequence or in time.
  • * 1835 , Sir , Sir (James Clark Ross), Narrative of a Second Voyage in Search of a North-west Passage …, Volume 1 , pp.284-5
  • Towards the following morning, the thermometer fell to 5°; and at daylight, there was not an atom of water to be seen in any direction.
  • About to be specified.
  • (of a wind) Blowing in the direction of travel.
  • Usage notes

    (Senses 1, 2) When it modifies a noun phrase, it is generally preceded by the definite article the'', and the combination functions as a determiner rather than a simple adjective. You can put it before a cardinal like ''the following two remarks'' instead of ''the two following remarks .


    * abovementioned * aforementioned * aforesaid


    (English prepositions)
  • After, subsequent to.
  • Following the meeting, we all had a chat.


    (en noun)
  • A group of followers, attendants or admirers; an entourage.
  • He had a loyal following .
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=September 29 , author=Jon Smith , title=Tottenham 3 - 1 Shamrock Rovers , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=And White Hart Lane was stunned when Rovers scored just five minutes after the restart in front of their away following .}}
  • Something to be mentioned immediately later. Used with the definite article the .
  • The following is a recommendation letter from the president.
  • Vocation; business; profession.
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