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support

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transitive verb sup·port \sə-ˈpȯrt\

Simple Definition of support

  • : to agree with or approve of (someone or something)

  • : to show that you approve of (someone or something) by doing something

  • : to give help or assistance to (someone or something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of support

  1. 1 :  to endure bravely or quietly :  bear

  2. 2a (1) :  to promote the interests or cause of (2) :  to uphold or defend as valid or right :  advocate <supports fair play> (3) :  to argue or vote for <supported the motion to lower taxes>b (1) :  assist, help <bombers supported the ground troops> (2) :  to act with (a star actor) (3) :  to bid in bridge so as to show support forc :  to provide with substantiation :  corroborate <support an alibi>

  3. 3a :  to pay the costs of :  maintain <support a family>b :  to provide a basis for the existence or subsistence of <the island could probably support three — A. B. C. Whipple> <support a habit>

  4. 4a :  to hold up or serve as a foundation or prop forb :  to maintain (a price) at a desired level by purchases or loans; also :  to maintain the price of by purchases or loans

  5. 5 :  to keep from fainting, yielding, or losing courage :  comfort

  6. 6 :  to keep (something) going

supportability play \sə-ˌpȯr-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
supportable play \-ˈpȯr-tə-bəl\ adjective
supportive play \-ˈpȯr-tiv\ adjective
supportiveness play \-nəs\ noun

Examples of support in a sentence

  1. I completely support your decision to stay.

  2. She no longer supports the war.

  3. The senator says that he supports the proposed legislation.

  4. Which presidential candidate do you support?

  5. The study is supported by the American Medical Association.

  6. The country's citizens were asked to support the war effort.

  7. Her friends supported her by signing her petition.

  8. The charity supports needy families.

  9. Bombers were called in to support the ground troops.

  10. The planet's atmosphere cannot support human life.



Origin of support

Middle English, from Anglo-French supporter, from Late Latin supportare, from Latin, to transport, from sub- + portare to carry — more at fare


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of support

support, uphold, advocate, back, champion mean to favor actively one that meets opposition. support is least explicit about the nature of the assistance given <supports waterfront development>. uphold implies extended support given to something attacked <upheld the legitimacy of the military action>. advocate stresses urging or pleading <advocated prison reform>. back suggests supporting by lending assistance to one failing or falling <refusing to back the call for sanctions>. champion suggests publicly defending one unjustly attacked or too weak to advocate his or her own cause <championed the rights of children>.

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support

noun sup·port

Simple Definition of support

  • : the act of showing that you believe that someone or something is good or acceptable : approval of someone or something

  • : the act of helping someone by giving love, encouragement, etc.

  • : help that is given in the form of money or other valuable things

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of support

  1. 1a :  the act or process of supporting :  the condition of being supportedb :  assistance provided by a company to users of its products <customer support>

  2. 2 :  one that supports —often used attributively <a support staff>

  3. 3 :  sufficient strength in a suit bid by one's partner in bridge to justify raising the suit

Examples of support in a sentence

  1. The team gets a lot of support from its fans.

  2. I'd like to thank my parents for all of their love and support over the years.

  3. He depended on his wife for emotional support.

  4. He applied for financial support from the state.

  5. the company's friendly support staff

  6. Inspectors found that some of the bridge's supports were weak.

  7. She used my arm as a support and limped to the chair.

  8. These sneakers are designed to give your feet extra support.



14th Century

First Known Use of support

14th century



SUPPORT Defined for Kids

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support

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verb sup·port \sə-ˈpȯrt\

Definition of support for Students

supportedsupporting

  1. 1 :  to hold up or in position :  serve as a foundation or prop for <Posts support the porch roof.>

  2. 2 :  to take sides with :  favor <Which candidate do you support?>

  3. 3 :  to provide evidence for :  verify <They cannot support this claim.>

  4. 4 :  to pay the costs of :  maintain <His income supports a large family.>

  5. 5 :  to keep going :  sustain <There is not enough air to support life.>

  6. 6 :  to provide help or encouragement to <My friends supported me while I was sick.>

supporter noun



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support

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noun sup·port

Definition of support for Students

  1. 1 :  the act of supporting :  the condition of being supported

  2. 2 :  someone or something that supports




Medical Dictionary

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support

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transitive verb sup·port \sə-ˈpō(ə)rt, -ˈpȯ(ə)rt\

Medical Definition of support

  1. 1:  to hold up or serve as a foundation or prop for

  2. 2:  to maintain in condition, action, or existence <support respiration> <support life>




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support

noun sup·port

Medical Definition of support

  1. 1:  the act or process of supporting :  the condition of being supported <respiratory support>

  2. 2:  supporter




Law Dictionary

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support

transitive verb sup·port

Legal Definition of support

  1. 1a :  to promote the interests or cause of b :  to uphold or defend as valid or right c :  to argue or vote for

  2. 2 :  to provide with substantiation or corroboration <support an alibi>

  3. 3 :  to provide with the means of livelihood (as housing, food, or clothing) especially in accordance with an agreement or court order

  4. 4 :  to hold up or in position :  maintain the physical integrity of <the right to have one's land supported by the underlying land>




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support

noun sup·port

Legal Definition of support

  1. 1 :  the act or process of supporting :  the condition of being supported <pledged the candidate their support>

  2. 2 :  a means of obtaining the necessities of life (as food, shelter, and clothing) :  a source of livelihood especially in the form of alimony or child support

  3. 3 :  something that provides support





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