support system


Definition of support system

: a network of people who provide an individual with practical or emotional support

Examples of support system in a Sentence

students who have good support systems at home
Recent Examples on the Web Isolated from family and friends, new parents have fewer people to turn to — or their support system is overextended. Ashley Nguyen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How Wisconsin organizations supporting reproductive health and parenting weathered the pandemic," 28 Apr. 2021 Fleas present a health risk to both pets and their human support system. Michael Pollick,, "How to get rid of fleas," 18 Apr. 2021 John would be able to remain near his family and support system. Lauren Caruba, San Antonio Express-News, "‘You’re not supposed to be here’," 7 Apr. 2021 Our support system of coaches (Shawn Sheldon, Jeremy Fillipelli, Johnny Eblen, Steve Mocco), team parents, and school faculty put me at ease. Gary Curreri,, "Palm Beach wrestling first team, second team, honorable mention, coach of the year," 27 Mar. 2021 He was also cut off from the close friends and collaborators who had been an integral part of El Michels Affair’s music and his own personal support system. T.m. Brown, Rolling Stone, "El Michels Affair Finds a New Groove," 26 Mar. 2021 When thinking about her achievements, Douglas credits her strong support system and those who helped get her though. Jeryl Brunner, Forbes, "Even With All The Roadblocks In Her Path, She Got Accepted To Medical School And Created A Non-Profit To Help Remove Barriers To Education," 10 Apr. 2021 According to Graves, adjusting to life on the road in a new country and without the familiarity of his support system proved tough for Norman. Ben Morse, CNN, "Moe Norman: The 'Rain Man of golf' who amazed even the greats of the sport," 6 Apr. 2021 Deprived of their usual support system, the Stanford team has created family in their pandemic world. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, "Stanford's guaranteed win at NCAA Tournament final: First family hugs in months," 3 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of support system

1980, in the meaning defined above

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1 May 2021

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“Support system.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of support system

: a group of people who give someone help, money, encouragement, etc.

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Medical Definition of support system

: a network of people who provide an individual with practical or emotional support

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