Av"o*cate (?), v. t. [L. avocatus, p. p. of avocare; a, ab + vocare to call. Cf. Avoke, and see Vocal, a.]
To call off or away; to withdraw; to transfer to another tribunal.
[Obs. or Archaic]
One who avocateth his mind from other occupations.
He, at last, . . . avocated the cause to Rome.
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