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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With Hitler building concentration camps in Europe and U.S. supporters holding rallies , thousands of Americans began fighting back. Eric Ginsburg, Teen Vogue, "American Nazis and Nazi Sympathizers Have Been Around Since the 1930’s," 26 Nov. 2018 Snowden's supporters saw the massive document dump as a heroic act. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "The Snowden Legacy, part one: What’s changed, really?," 21 Nov. 2018 Also, keep an eye out not just for race supporters but other runners. Laura Schwecherl, SELF, "14 Experienced New York City Marathoners Share Their Best Tips for First-Timers," 30 Oct. 2018 Though some fans aren’t thrilled with her portrayal of the character that was formerly played by Molly Ephraim, there are plenty of supporters out there who think McCook is doing just fine. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'Last Man Standing' Fans Shut Down Molly McCook's Haters After Recast Drama," 29 Oct. 2018 The Duke also took time to meet and thank these supporters for their necessary contributions to the rescue. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Prince William Meets with British Divers Who Helped Rescue the Thai Boys Soccer Team from the Cave," 16 Oct. 2018 While the three presidents weren’t exactly enthusiastic transit supporters, political forces aligned in ways that gave them more reason to back buses and rail. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Public transit’s missed opportunity," 20 Nov. 2018 Among those who came out to toast the nominees in sparkling fashion—Swarovski is a supporter of the evening—were designer Jordan Askill, model Vanessa Moody, and photographer Tyler Mitchell. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Charles Jeffrey, Caroline Rush, and Phillip Picardi Toast the Fashion Award Nominees With Swarovski," 9 Nov. 2018 Superfine on Front Street has great food and drinks and are big supporters of ours. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "This Revival of Oklahoma! Is the Hottest Ticket in New York City," 30 Oct. 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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