• (RP) IPA: /səˈpɔː.tə/
  • (GA) IPA: /səˈpɔɹ.tɚ/, /-ɾɚ/

supporter (plural supporters)

  1. A person who gives support to someone or something.
    1. A person who supports, promotes, advocates or champions a cause or movement; an adherent.
    2. A person who provides moral or physical support to another; an attendant participating in a ceremony or procession.
    3. (sports) Someone who is a fan of a certain sports team or sportsperson.
      There were 10,000 supporters in the last match.
  2. Something that supports another thing.
    1. Something that supports a structure such as a building or a sculpture.
    2. (heraldry) An animal or figure that supports a shield in a coat of arms.
    3. A garter worn around the leg to support a sock or stocking.
      • 1957, J[erome] D[avid] Salinger, “Zooey”, in Franny and Zooey, Boston, Mass.: Little, Brown and Company, published 1961, ISBN 978-0-316-76954-9; LB Books edition, New York, N.Y.: LB Books, 1991, ISBN 978-0-606-28833-0, page 117:
        From the radiator, where he was attaching supporters to his socks, Zooey glanced up at her.
    4. Clipping of athletic supporter#English|athletic supporter.
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