"crusaded" in the verb sense
1. crusade, fight, press, campaign, push, agitate
exert oneself continuously, vigorously, or obtrusively to gain an end or engage in a crusade for a certain cause or person be an advocate for
"The liberal party pushed for reforms"
"She is crusading for women's rights"
"The Dean is pushing for his favorite candidate"
go on a crusade fight a holy war
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