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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His mission of supporting hospice soon won additional supporters and larger contributions., "Berea resident, 81, completes cross-country bike ride to support hospice care at Southwest General," 30 Aug. 2019 The president has told senior aides that a failure to deliver on the signature promise of his 2016 campaign would be a letdown to his supporters and an embarrassing defeat. Nick Miroff, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump offers to pardon aides worried about wrongdoing in push for border wall, officials say," 28 Aug. 2019 Jewish partisans have been fighting for supporters and voters for years. Ron Kampeas,, "For prominent Jewish Republican, Trump’s ‘disloyalty’ jab is a term to avoid," 27 Aug. 2019 The Friars will take the field in Dublin, Ireland, and will be joined by many of their supporters and alumni. Rich Mayor,, "Luck of the Friars: Fenwick to play football game in Ireland next season," 24 Aug. 2019 Co-emcees Clint Bell and Marianne Kushi introduced De Anna Dougherty (host chair for the fifth straight year!) and longtime supporter and active community volunteer Dee Ammon (honorary chair). San Diego Union-Tribune, "Haute with Heart," 21 Aug. 2019 In the mid-19th century, supporters of the Know Nothing movement led attacks on Catholic neighborhoods from New York City to Philadelphia. David Vernette, Smithsonian, "When an Influx of French-Canadian Immigrants Struck Fear Into Americans," 21 Aug. 2019 But Trump wants them to fail and to further the alarming chasm between many Democrats and supporters of Israel that was widened by the misguided policies of President Obama. Jonathan S. Tobin, National Review, "Banning Omar and Tlaib May Help Trump, but It Hurts Israel," 16 Aug. 2019 But some of the president's staunchest supporters and Second Amendment advocates are warning him of constitutional concerns about the laws, as well as potential political ramifications. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Second Amendment advocates warn Trump over support for "red flag" laws," 14 Aug. 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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