sup·port·er | \sə-ˈpȯr-tər \

Definition of supporter 

: one that supports or acts as a support: such as

a : adherent, partisan

b : one of two figures (as of men or animals) placed one on each side of an escutcheon and exterior to it

c : garter sense 1

d : athletic supporter

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Examples of supporter in a Sentence

a supporter of the Independent party President Lyndon B. Johnson was a strong supporter of civil rights.

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On Saturday, Trump supporters planned to march from the United States Embassy in London to Whitehall, where government offices are concentrated. Ceylan Yeginsu, New York Times, "London’s ‘Trump Baby’ Balloon Flies as Protests Take Off Across U.K.," 13 July 2018 One apparent Trump supporter was hit after an anti-Trump protester broke through the barrier. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Thousands march against Trump in rowdy London protests," 13 July 2018 Trump’s supporters in Congress have accused Strzok and Page of steering the Clinton probe away from criminal charges and pushing the FBI to aggressively investigate Trump advisers through electronic surveillance and confidential informants., "FBI agent Strzok feuds with GOP critics at hearing," 13 July 2018 Trump supporters are questioning the organizations tactics and funding. USA TODAY, "President Trump and Melania at NATO welcoming ceremony in Belgium," 11 July 2018 That’s because instead of focusing on kids being separated from their parents, which even some Trump supporters find abhorrent, the focus of the immigration debate has shifted to considerably more favorable political ground. Mark Z. Barabak,, "ICE heats up midterm debate over immigration," 8 July 2018 Jay-Z also throws shade directly on President Donald Trump and, according to some, indirectly on apparent Trump supporter Kanye West. Brett Clarkson,, "Jay-Z addresses XXXTentacion's killing while dissing Trump and George Zimmerman on Drake's new album," 1 July 2018 Trump supporters began attacking online those restaurants with Red Hen in their name all across the country. Justin Phillips,, "Napa’s Red Hen dealing with backlash of POTUS tweet that targeted Virginia restaurant," 28 June 2018 Nancy Greener, a Trump supporter from the Chicago area, is in town for a baseball game but came to the Pfister hoping to meet Trump. Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Donald Trump to oversee groundbreaking of Foxconn in Wisconsin as dispute with Harley-Davidson continues," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of supporter

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of supporter

: a person who supports an idea, a politician, a cause, etc.

: a fan of a sports team



Medical Definition of supporter 

: a woven or knitted band or elastic device supporting a part especially : athletic supporter

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evasion of direct action or statement

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