[verb + noun phrase] The group does not advocate the use of violence.
[verb + -ing phrase] Many experts advocate rewarding your child for good behaviour.
[verb + that clause] The report advocated that all buildings be fitted with smoke detectors. (British English also) The report advocated that all buildings should befitted with smoke detectors. [also verb + noun phrase + -ing phrase]
SYNONYMS recommend advise • advocate • urge
These words all mean to tell somebody what you think they should do in a particular situation.
recommend to tell somebody what you think they should do in a particular situation; to say what you think the price or level of something should be: We'd recommend you to book your flight early; a recommended price of . advise to tell somebody what you think they should do in a particular situation: I'd advise you not to tell him.
RECOMMEND OR ADVISE? Advise is a stronger word than recommend and is often used when the person giving the advice is in a position of authority: Police are advising fans without tickets to stay away;I advise you... can suggest that you know better than the person you are advising: this may cause offence if they are your equal or senior to you. I recommend... mainly suggests that you are trying to be helpful and is less likely to cause offence. Recommend is often used with more positive advice to tell somebody about possible benefits and advise with more negative advice to warn somebody about possible dangers.
advocate (formal) to support or recommend something publicly: The group does not advocate the use of violence. urge (formal) to recommend something strongly: The situation is dangerous and the UN is urging caution.
PATTERNS AND COLLOCATIONS • to recommend/advise/advocate/urge that... • It is recommended/advised/advocated/urged that... • to recommend/advise/urge somebody to do something • to recommend/advise/advocate doing something • to advise against something • to strongly recommend/advise/advocate somebody/something