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[suh-pawr-ter, -pohr-] /səˈpɔr tər, -ˈpoʊr-/
noun
1.
a person or thing that supports.
2.
an adherent, follower, backer, or advocate.
3.
a device, usually of elastic cotton webbing, for supporting some part of the body, especially a jockstrap.
4.
a garter, especially one attached to a garter belt or girdle.
5.
Heraldry. either of two human or animal figures flanking and supporting an escutcheon in an achievement of arms.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; see support, -er1
Related forms
nonsupporter, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sup porter

supporter

/səˈpɔːtə/
noun
1.
a person who or thing that acts as a support
2.
a person who backs a sports team, politician, etc
3.
a garment or device worn to ease the strain on or restrict the movement of a bodily structure or part
4.
(heraldry) a figure or beast in a coat of arms depicted as holding up the shield
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Word Origin and History for sup porter

supporter

n.

mid-15c., agent noun from support (v.).

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