champion

noun
cham·​pi·​on | \ ˈcham-pē-ən How to pronounce champion (audio) \

Definition of champion

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : warrior, fighter a champion of his king
2 : a militant advocate or defender a champion of civil rights
3 : one that does battle for another's rights or honor God will raise me up a champion— Sir Walter Scott
4 : a winner of first prize or first place in competition a tennis champion also : one who shows marked superiority a champion at selling

champion

verb
championed; championing; champions

Definition of champion (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 archaic : challenge, defy
2 : to protect or fight for as a champion championed the ladies chivalrously in the tilts
3 : to act as militant supporter of : uphold, advocate always champions the cause of the underdog

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Verb

support, uphold, advocate, back, champion mean to favor actively one that meets opposition. support is least explicit about the nature of the assistance given. supports waterfront development uphold implies extended support given to something attacked. upheld the legitimacy of the military action advocate stresses urging or pleading. advocated prison reform back suggests supporting by lending assistance to one failing or falling. refusing to back the call for sanctions champion suggests publicly defending one unjustly attacked or too weak to advocate his or her own cause. championed the rights of children

Examples of champion in a Sentence

Noun

the heavyweight boxing champion of the world Our team will play the defending champions next week. the newly crowned national champions He was a champion for the working classes.

Verb

She is a lawyer who champions children's rights. Our senator championed the idea of lowering taxes.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That ribbon was eventually revoked, and the would-be champion got a slice of humble pie instead. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Green goo and ghost peppers: When fair food entries go wrong, these judges pay the price," 16 Aug. 2019 In broad terms, the Pac-12 isn’t going to increase the victory total for its champion by swapping conference games for FCS foes. Jon Wilner, The Denver Post, "Pac-12 finds unlikely ally: Nick Saban wants tougher schedules," 15 Aug. 2019 In broad terms, the Pac-12 isn’t going to increase the victory total for its champion by swapping conference games for FCS foes. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "The Pac-12 finds unlikely ally on a vital issue: Nick Saban’s in favor of tougher schedules," 15 Aug. 2019 Its main champions are Batsheva Hay (the choice of cool girls citywide) and Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen, who takes a more regal-England spin to the trend. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "Little Women Dressing Is Already 2019's Biggest Trend," 14 Aug. 2019 Manafort did return to Ukraine the following year to work on local elections for OB, and I was hired by Kyiv’s mayor, the former heavyweight champion of the world Vitali Klitschko, as the strategist for his re-election campaign. Sam Patten, WIRED, "Kostya and Me: How Sam Patten Got Ensnared in Mueller’s Probe," 14 Aug. 2019 The fiercely religious Taylor is not your prototypical undisputed world boxing champion -- and never has been. Ben Morse And Becky Anderson, CNN, "From fighting 'as a boy' to undisputed champion. How Katie Taylor boxed clever," 7 Aug. 2019 Andy Murray is a two-time Wimbledon champion and two-time gold medalist, which has allowed him to garner quite a fanbase. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "Andy Murray Called His Wife Kim Sears a 'Legend' for a Special Reason," 2 Aug. 2019 For example, former two-time, world heavyweight champion boxer George Foreman was born in Marshall, Texas and grew up in Houston's fifth ward. Peter Dawson, Houston Chronicle, "Famous athletes, actors, politicians, and businessmen who moved to Houston and made it their home," 30 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Departments including those in Mono and Lake counties and the city of Hemet also are selective in answering calls, said Ed Obayashi, a Plumas deputy and statewide police trainer who championed the policy in his county. Anita Chabriastaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Police fear ‘suicide by cop’ cases. So they’ve stopped responding to some calls," 10 Aug. 2019 The billionaire has a nonprofit called the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality with a mission of championing social justice and improving race relations. Nick Turner And Noah Buhayar / Bloomberg, Time, "SoulCycle, Equinox Investor Defends High-Price Trump Fundraiser After Backlash," 9 Aug. 2019 The billionaire has a nonprofit called the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality with a mission of championing social justice and improving race relations. Nick Turner, Fortune, "Billionaire SoulCycle, Equinox Investor Defends Trump Fundraiser After Backlash," 8 Aug. 2019 Norwegian artists Sigrid and Unge Ferrari are both promoting and using the green rider, hoping more artists will join them in championing the climate cause. Heidi Taksdal Skjeseth, Billboard, "At Norway's Øya Festival, Going Green Is the Name of the Game," 1 Aug. 2019 Aside from feeling homey while being impossibly chic, design details cleverly pay tribute to the neighborhood’s history of championing art and literature. Jaimie Potters, ELLE Decor, "Where Design Lovers Should Explore in London This Summer," 23 July 2019 The Roosevelt Conservation Caucus seeks to embrace this two-pronged approach to its namesake cause, championing policies that both develop and protect the country’s natural resources. Kayla Bartsch, National Review, "Republicans Take an Important Step Back into the Environmental Debate," 15 July 2019 Even in countries where populist parties are already in government, such as Poland, those parties have shifted their focus from nationalist and anti-immigration rhetoric to championing generous welfare policies and state aid. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, "Europe’s Struggling Political Parties Promise a Return to the Pre-Thatcherite Era," 26 June 2019 The dramatic change comes after years of championing the importance of HIV testing around the world. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Stars in Moving PSA to End HIV and Get More People Testing," 17 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of champion

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for champion

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin campion-, campio, of West Germanic origin; akin to Old English cempa warrior

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champion

noun

English Language Learners Definition of champion

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: someone or something (such as a team or an animal) that has won a contest or competition especially in sports
: someone who fights or speaks publicly in support of a person, belief, cause, etc.

champion

verb

English Language Learners Definition of champion (Entry 2 of 2)

: to fight or speak publicly in support of (a person, belief, cause, etc.)

champion

noun
cham·​pi·​on | \ ˈcham-pē-ən How to pronounce champion (audio) \

Kids Definition of champion

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a person who fights or speaks for another person or in favor of a cause a champion of equal rights
2 : a person accepted as better than all others in a sport or in a game of skill
3 : the winner of first place in a competition

champion

verb
championed; championing

Kids Definition of champion (Entry 2 of 2)

: to fight or speak publicly in support of championing a cause

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