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champion

noun [C]  us   /ˈtʃæm·pi·ən/

champion noun [C] (WINNER)

(short form champ,  /ˈtʃæmp/ ) someone or something, esp. a person or animal, that has beaten all other competitors in a competition: a tennis champion

champion noun [C] (SUPPORT)

a person who enthusiastically supports, defends, or fights for a belief or principle: a champion of free speech
champion
verb [T]  us   /ˈtʃæm·pi·ən/
He championed protection of the wilderness.
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