"Planned Parenthood" is a non-profit organization that advocates for women's reproductive rights.

It says "advocates for women's reproductive rights" but I wonder why there is "for" here though to advocate is a transitive verb. Do you need "for" here? Or is this just a typo?

  • Which dictionary did you consult? How do you know it is a transitive verb?
    – James K
    Commented Nov 3, 2021 at 23:26

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It is correct. For example, Wiktionary, sense 3

  1. (intransitive, with for) To engage in advocacy.

or Cambridge, with [ T ] meaning transitive and [ I ] meaning intransitive:

verb [ I/T ]

to speak in support of an idea or course of action:
[ T ] Some people advocate teaching to the test.
[ I ] The organization advocates for human rights.

It is possible that some learners' dictionaries don't have the full range of this word's use.

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