1. championship, title, high status

usage: the status of being a champion; "he held the title for two years"

2. championship, contest, competition

usage: a competition at which a champion is chosen

3. backing, backup, championship, patronage, blessing, approval, approving

usage: the act of providing approval and support; "his vigorous backing of the conservatives got him in trouble with progressives"

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