support group


Definition of support group 

: a group of people with common experiences and concerns who provide emotional and moral support for one another

Examples of support group in a Sentence

He joined an alcoholics' support group.

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David, after years of relapses and recovery, recently chose to quit A.A. and find a support group open to everyone—including people on MAT. Katrine Jo Andersen, The New Republic, "Rejected by A.A.," 27 June 2018 Her family lives on the opposite coast so her local support group is pretty thin. Carolyn Hax, Detroit Free Press, "Career woman, stay-at-home mom struggle to remain friends," 3 June 2018 The disbelief of the Florida woman who was manipulated by Russian operatives to run a pro-Trump support group shows just how subtle deceptive information can be. Nicola Pardy,, "How The Fake News Industry Weaponizes Women," 3 May 2018 Lifebanc's art support group uses art as a form of expression when words aren't adequate. Gus Chan,, ""A connecting cord in our loss:" Art promotes healing for Lifebanc organ donor families," 15 Apr. 2018 Callahan’s Step 9 trek to make amends is accomplished with remarkable ease, and his support group is a haven of simpatico sufferers. Gus Van Sant, New York Times, "Review: Joaquin Phoenix Treks the Long Road to Sobriety in ‘Don’t Worry’," 11 July 2018 In 2000, several hundred Holocaust survivors who relocated here founded the center as a support group. Carol Motsinger,, "With Holocaust center's move, Union Terminal will, once more, be a refuge for survivors," 6 July 2018 However, many people who stutter participate in speech therapy and support groups as a form of treatment. Char Adams,, "5 Common Myths About Stuttering Debunked (It's Not Psychological!)," 18 June 2018 Also, there are support groups in the Valley that can help friends and family of someone who has died from suicide. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Know someone suffering from depression? This is how you can help," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of support group

1951, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of support group

: a group of people who have similar experiences and concerns and who meet in order to provide emotional help, advice, and encouragement for one another

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Medical Definition of support group 

: a group of people with common experiences and concerns who provide emotional and moral support for one another

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