sup·​port·​er | \ sə-ˈpȯr-tər How to pronounce supporter (audio) \

Definition of supporter

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

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But some of the biggest supporters of the effort are also its biggest critics. Matt Apuzzo, New York Times, "Europe Built a System to Fight Russian Meddling. It’s Struggling.," 6 July 2019 But some of the biggest supporters of the effort are also its biggest critics. Matt Apuzzo,, "Europe built a system to fight Russian meddling. It’s struggling.," 6 July 2019 Guaidó, who led a rival march across town Friday, claimed presidential powers in January, at the time drawing throngs of supporters for demonstrations against Maduro, who has overseen the oil-rich nation's historic collapse. Scott Smith,, "Venezuela’s Maduro flexes military power in parade to celebrate country’s independence," 5 July 2019 How to sum up the mood of Newcastle supporters right now?, "Ayoze Perez: What Leicester Can Expect From Their New Signing - a Newcastle Fan's Perspective," 5 July 2019 Jose Escobar was welcomed at Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport by a group of supporters. CBS News, "Dad deported to El Salvador allowed to return to U.S., two years later," 2 July 2019 The milkshake-throwing happened in downtown as left-wing groups clashed with right-wing groups in a meeting of supporters of the Proud Boys, the #HimToo movement and Rose City Antifa., "Milkshakes -- the latest protest tool -- make splash in Portland," 1 July 2019 The need for housing was the rallying cry of supporters for the 1,119-home project east of Chula Vista called Adara at Otay Ranch, which was approved by the county Board of Supervisors on a 3-2 vote Wednesday. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: From San Diego to Sacramento to Washington, housing politics are on fire," 30 June 2019 Smith said once a church or other partner has been identified, Safe Families for Children typically forms a team of supporters consisting of a team captain, family coach and family friends. Ramona Sentinel, "Host families needed to provide safety net for children," 27 June 2019

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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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