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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In the southern town of Mastung, candidate Siraj Raisani and 127 others died when a suicide bomber blew himself up amid scores of supporters who had gathered at a rally. NBC News, "More than 100 people killed in Pakistan election violence," 14 July 2018 The candidate, Siraj Raisani, died when a suicide bomber blew himself up amid scores of supporters who had gathered at a rally in Mastung, a town in southwestern Baluchistan province. Zaheer Babar And Abdul Sattar,, "74 dead in election violence in Pakistan," 13 July 2018 In Slovenia, generally a Croatian ally but with a looming border dispute, hundreds of supporters are expected to travel to Croatia to join street viewing of the match on Sunday. Jovana Gec, Fox News, "Mixed emotions in Balkans over Croatia's World Cup success," 13 July 2018 In the southwestern Baluchistan town of Mastung, Siraj Raisani a candidate in the provincial Parliament, died when a suicide bomber blew himself up amid scores of supporters who had gathered at a rally. Zaheer Babar And Abdul Sattar, USA TODAY, "At least 74 people killed in Pakistan election violence," 13 July 2018 Playing in front of a full stadium with passionate fans in the stands is an entirely different experience to playing for an Under-23s side on a training pitch in front of a handful of supporters., "England's World Cup Success Demonstrates the Importance of the Loan System to Player Development," 12 July 2018 And the biggest beneficiary of that change would be Insikt, Gutierrez’s current company and one of the bill’s supporters. James Rufus Koren,, "Latest battle over California lending market: Should grocery stores offer large loans?," 12 July 2018 Hundreds of supporters of Croatia watched the World Cup quarterfinals victory against Russia at St. John's Catholic Club in the Strawberry Hill neighborhood of Kansas City, Kan., on Saturday, July 7, 2018. Shaun Goodwin, kansascity, "France or Croatia? A World Cup Q&A with Sporting KC’s Johnny Russell," 12 July 2018 A few of Hickman's supporters have expressed similar sentiments on social media, but Minnema and many who have petitioned against Hickman spoke negatively of the vice mayor's past. Michael Mcgough, sacbee, "Thousands petition against Dixon vice mayor who wrote ‘hateful,’ homophobic column," 5 July 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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