sup·​port·​er sə-ˈpȯr-tər How to pronounce supporter (audio)
: one that supports or acts as a support: such as
: one of two figures (as of men or animals) placed one on each side of an escutcheon and exterior to it

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web The officers, James Blassingame and Sidney Hemby, as well as the Democratic lawmakers, argued that Trump incited the mob of his supporters who breached the U.S. Capitol in violation of federal and local laws. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 1 Dec. 2023 Worse, elite supporters of solar and wind don’t want them in their backyard. Wal Van Lierop, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 After completing her sentence, Tamimi arrived home to a hero’s welcome and was greeted by crowds of supporters. Niha Masih, Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2023 This attitude is especially prevalent among Russians older than 65, who are also Mr. Putin’s core supporters. Neil MacFarquhar, New York Times, 30 Nov. 2023 Relatives of the Bibas family and their supporters held a rally calling for their immediate release Tuesday in Tel Aviv. Yuliya Talmazan, NBC News, 29 Nov. 2023 These tensions came to a head in 1856, when conflict broke out between Cabet’s supporters and his critics in the colony. John Last, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Nov. 2023 Biden has been a strong supporter of Israel for his entire political career. Matthew Duss, Foreign Affairs, 27 Nov. 2023 Videos were shared on social media before the rally, showing a packed venue and supporters lined up to see Haley. Julia Johnson, Washington Examiner, 27 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of supporter was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Supporter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


sup·​port·​er sə-ˈpōrt-ər How to pronounce supporter (audio)
: one that supports
especially : one who argues or votes for someone or something

Medical Definition


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

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