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champion

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1 the person who comes in first in a competition
  • the champion of the national spelling bee
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2 a person who actively supports or favors a cause
  • She's the biggest champion of budget reform in the Congress.
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champion

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to promote the interests or cause of
  • He has always championed the protection of abused animals.
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go in for, go to bat for, hold a brief for, stand up for, stick up for

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Synonym Discussion of champion

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


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