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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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to promote the interests or cause of
  • he has always championed the protection of abused animals

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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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The first known use of champion was in the 13th century

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“Champion.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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