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[suh-pawr-ter, -pohr-] /səˈpɔr tər, -ˈpoʊr-/
a person or thing that supports.
an adherent, follower, backer, or advocate.
a device, usually of elastic cotton webbing, for supporting some part of the body, especially a jockstrap.
a garter, especially one attached to a garter belt or girdle.
Heraldry. either of two human or animal figures flanking and supporting an escutcheon in an achievement of arms.
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; see support, -er1
Related forms
nonsupporter, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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  • Fletcher was a stanch supporter of the colonial aristocracy, and bitterly opposed to the popular party.
  • He became a supporter and now does not hesitate to show his support for their cause.
  • The pharmaceutical industry was playing a major role as a key supporter of health care.
  • The government has long been a supporter of desalination as a method of dealing with water scarcity.
  • Many people were not home, in which case he would write a personal note on a supporter card and stuff it into the closed door.
  • She was a supporter of nature and and environment as a whole.
  • Of course, no supporter of capital punishment explains it in this way.
  • Even if he is a member or supporter, he is not their designated representative.
  • She has been a consistent supporter of wage and business tax reductions while remaining firmly committed to public services.
  • He was a firm supporter of backing money with gold, but not a strong supporter of a high tariff.
British Dictionary definitions for supporter


a person who or thing that acts as a support
a person who backs a sports team, politician, etc
a garment or device worn to ease the strain on or restrict the movement of a bodily structure or part
(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 supporter

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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