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.
Recent Examples on the Web Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a strong supporter of Trump, has been unswayed by the international criticism. Washington Post, "UN rights chief says Israeli annexation plan ‘disastrous’," 29 June 2020 Lopez is accused of killing Tyler Gerth, a 27-year-old Louisville photographer who had become a vocal supporter of the protests. Lucas Aulbach, USA TODAY, "What we know about Steven Lopez, the suspect in the fatal Louisville protest shooting," 29 June 2020 The White House did not respond when asked whether Trump condemned the supporter’s comment., "Trump’s attacks seen undercutting confidence in 2020 vote," 28 June 2020 But on Saturday night, a man opened fire on the tents, killing 27-year-old Tyler Gerth, a budding photographer who had become a vocal supporter of the protests. Tessa Duvall, The Courier-Journal, "'I'll be out here every day': Protesters for Breonna Taylor undaunted after fatal shooting," 28 June 2020 Former Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, a Republican, was a strong supporter of the death penalty. Lauren Castle, The Arizona Republic, "Candidates for Maricopa County attorney weigh in on racism in the justice system," 27 June 2020 For over a week, Pence has been scheduled to speak at First Baptist Dallas, a church led by Pastor Robert Jeffress, an enthusiastic supporter of President Donald Trump. Patrick Svitek,, "Pence following through with Sunday visit to Dallas church as pandemic rages," 27 June 2020 And Cawthorn has a compelling personal story and is a strong supporter of the president. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "Trump sway over base in question as three favored GOP candidates go down," 25 June 2020 After the Civil War, Morton served in the U.S. Senate and became a strong supporter of constitutional rights for Black people — voting for the Civil Rights Act of 1875. Dawn Mitchell, The Indianapolis Star, "The story behind the Oliver P. Morton, the 'War Governor' with the big statue," 19 June 2020

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First Known Use of supporter

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Supporter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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