support


support

verb

Definition of SUPPORT

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)
Phrases go in for, go to bat for, hold a brief for, stand up for, stick up for
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)
Phrases foot the bill (for), take care of
3
to hold up or serve as a foundation for <pillars supporting the bridge>
Related Words steady, truss, underlie
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
Near Antonyms undercut, undermine, weaken
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>
6
to give evidence or testimony to the truth or factualness of <new evidence supports the original researchers' unexpected conclusions>
Related Words avouch, back (up), testify (to), vouch (for), witness; guarantee, warrant; affirm, assert, aver, avow, declare, profess; demonstrate, document, establish, prove, reinforce (also reenforce)
Antonyms disprove, rebut, refute
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), support
Antonyms hinder
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>
Related Words allow, permit, suffer, swallow; reconcile (to); acquiesce, agree (with or to), assent (to), capitulate, consent (to), respect, submit (to), yield (to)

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