Advocate, defend - usually used in negative constructions.
plead / pliːd /
1. To appeal or request earnestly
2. To enter a plea, as in courts of law
3. To make an allegation in an action or other legal proceeding, esp. answer the previous pleading of the other party by denying facts therein stated or by alleging new facts.
4. To offer as an excuse or plea
ETYM French représenter, Latin repraesentare, repraesentatum; pref. re- re- + praesentare to place before, present. Related to Present. re-present, re present.
1. To create an image or likeness of; SYN. interpret.
2. To serve as a means of expressing something.
3. To take the place of; SYN. stand for, correspond.
4. To be representative or typical for.
5. To be a delegate for; represent somebody's interest, as of politicians and office holders representing their constituents, or of a tenant representing other tenants in a housing dispute.