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support

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of support

  1. 1 a structure that holds up or serves as a foundation for something else <if you don't add a couple more supports to that tower of blocks, it's going to fall down> Synonyms brace, buttress, mount, mounting, prop, reinforcement, shore, spur, stay, underpinning Related Words shoring; column, pedestal, pilaster, pillar; arch, bolster, bracket, cantilever, girder; bearing; crutch, peg, post, stake, stanchion, stand, stilt, strut, truss; base, foundation, frame

  2. 2 an act or instance of helping <the team's victory owes a lot to Joe's strong support in left field> Synonyms abetment, aid, assist, assistance, backing, boost, hand, helping hand, leg up, lift, helpRelated Words advancement, encouragement, facilitation, forwarding, furtherance, furthering, nurturance; benefaction, patronage, promotion, sponsorship; advice, care, counsel, guidance, mentoring; attendance, attention, hand-holding, service; beneficence, charity, favor, kindness, philanthropy; assuagement, palliation, relief, succorNear Antonyms constraint, frustration, inhibition, interference, obstruction, repression, restraint; deterrence, discouragementAntonyms hindrance




support

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of support

  1. 1 to promote the interests or cause of <though childless themselves, they support the local schools both by volunteering and by fiercely opposing funding cuts> Synonyms advocate, back, champion, endorse (also indorse), patronize, plump (for), plunk (for) or plonk (for) Related Words adopt, embrace, espouse; abet, aid, assist, help, prop (up), second, side (with); backstop, bolster, boost, buttress, reinforce (also reenforce); advance, forward, further; plug, preach, talk up; bail out, deliver, rescue, save Phrases go in for, go to bat for, hold a brief for, stand up for, stick up for Near Antonyms baffle, foil, frustrate, interfere, oppose, sabotage, thwart; desert, disappoint, fail, let down

  2. 2 to pay the living expenses of <a young widow supporting a sick mother as well as two small children on a teacher's salary> Synonyms keep, maintain, provide (for) Related Words finance, fund, patronize, set up, sponsor, stake, underwrite Phrases foot the bill (for), take care of

  3. 3 to hold up or serve as a foundation for <pillars supporting the bridge> Synonyms bear, bolster, brace, buttress, carry, prop (up), shore (up), stay, sustain, undergird, underpin, uphold Related Words steady, truss, underlie

  4. 4 to provide evidence or information for (as a claim or idea) <studies that support the claim that red wine drinkers have a reduced risk of coronary disease and cancer> Synonyms back, bolster, buttress, corroborate, reinforce (also reenforce), shore (up), substantiate Related Words confirm, establish, prove, verify; affirm, avouch, validate Near Antonyms undercut, undermine, weaken

  5. 5 to continue to declare to be true or proper despite opposition or objections <we support the students' right to speak out on local issues that affect them> Synonyms defend, justify, maintain, upholdRelated Words advocate, champion, espouse; confirm, vindicate, warrant; affirm, assert, aver, avouch, avow, claim, contend, insist, plead, proclaim, profess, protest, state; argue, debate, discuss; emphasize, stress, underline, underscoreNear Antonyms abandon, abjure, forsake, recant, retract, take back, withdraw; reverse, switch; controvert, disprove, rebut, refute

  6. 6 to give evidence or testimony to the truth or factualness of <new evidence supports the original researchers' unexpected conclusions> Synonyms argue, attest, authenticate, bear out, certify, corroborate, substantiate, confirm, validate, verify, vindicateRelated Words avouch, back (up), testify (to), vouch (for), witness; guarantee, warrant; affirm, assert, aver, avow, declare, profess; demonstrate, document, establish, prove, reinforce (also reenforce)Near Antonyms contradict, gainsay; deny, disavow, disclaim; challenge, contest, dispute, questionAntonyms disprove, rebut, refute

  7. 7 to provide (someone) with what is useful or necessary to achieve an end <sent reinforcements to support the troops deployed overseas> Synonyms abet, aid, assist, back, backstop, prop (up), helpRelated Words advance, ease, facilitate, forward, foster, further, launch; champion, endorse (also indorse), patronize, promote, sponsor; attend, care (for), comfort, minister (to), succor; sustain; bolster, boost, buttress, reinforce (also reenforce); advise, counsel, guide, mentor, nurture; bail out, deliver, rescue, save; embolden, encourage, hearten; benefit, favor, oblige, profit, serveNear Antonyms balk, bar, block, constrain, hamper, handicap, hold back, impede, inhibit, obstruct, restrain, strangle; baffle, foil, frustrate, inconvenience, interfere, oppose, sabotage, thwart; desert, disappoint, fail, let down; discourage, dishearten; repress, retard, stifle, straiten, stunt; damage, harm, hurt, injureAntonyms hinder

  8. 8 to put up with (something painful or difficult) <he simply cannot support the thought of having to go on living without his beloved wife at his side> Synonyms abide, absorb, accept, bide [chiefly dialect], brook, countenance, endure, go, hack, handle, meet, pocket, stand, stick out, stomach, bear, sustain, sweat out, take, tolerate, wear [British]Related Words allow, permit, suffer, swallow; reconcile (to); acquiesce, agree (with or to), assent (to), capitulate, consent (to), respect, submit (to), yield (to)Near Antonyms decline, dismiss, refuse, reject, repudiate, spurn, turn down; combat, contest, fight, oppose, resist; avoid, bypass, circumvent, dodge, elude, escape, evade, miss; abstain (from), forbear, refrain (from)




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