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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Baldwin may have a point: At a rally last week in El Paso, Texas, a Trump supporter shoved several members of the media, apparently motivated by the president’s anti-media diatribes. Emily Heil, The Seattle Times, "Alec Baldwin wonders whether Trump’s ‘SNL’ attack poses ‘a threat to my safety’," 19 Feb. 2019 Thune and other Republican lawmakers have generally been strong supporters of Pai's deregulatory policies. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Ajit Pai faces rare criticism from GOP senator on rural broadband failures," 5 Oct. 2018 Gaetz has been a long-time Trump supporter but has raised his profile with sharp criticism of the FBI investigation into the Trump campaign's links to Russian agents in the 2016 presidential election. Gregory Korte, USA TODAY, "Trump endorses Florida congressman Matt Gaetz with tweet from London," 13 July 2018 Tamron already has supporters from all over the country, who have been patiently waiting for her comeback. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "All the Details About Tamron Hall's New Show You Need to Know," 22 Jan. 2019 Indian political parties have also taken to the service, with legions of workers using it to blast out messages to thousands of supporters about coming elections. Newley Purnell, WSJ, "Facebook’s WhatsApp Fights Fake News by Curbing Message Forwarding," 21 Jan. 2019 Find a good community of supporters, and beat the trolls at their own game. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Ariel Winter Shows Us All How to Shut Down Trolls in 2019," 3 Jan. 2019 Many in Kerala see Mulakkal as a martyr, and a string of supporters visited him in jail. Tim Sullivan, The Seattle Times, "AP finds long history of nuns abused by priests in India," 1 Jan. 2019 Taken separately, or even as a whole, these issues haven’t shaken the faith of some supporters of the company. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Tesla will live and die by the Gigafactory," 30 Nov. 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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