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

Olivia also had a strong support system to help her through her ordeal. Marie Milano, Country Living, "Inside Olivia Newton-John's Heartbreaking Battle With Cancer," 16 Feb. 2019 For 69-year-old Mary Stommel, from Virginia Beach, a strong support system was crucial in helping her deal with her biggest challenges following her diagnosis of ovarian cancer. Claire Gillespie, SELF, "3 Women on How They’ve Handled the Hardest Parts of Ovarian Cancer," 13 Dec. 2018 Looks like Louis has a good support system in his godparents—and, of course, his Uncle Harry and Aunt Meghan. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Aren't Prince Louis' Godparents—Here's Why," 9 July 2018 Seek out a support system that feels right for you There's a chance your surviving parent might not know how to support you in your grief. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "How To Deal With the Death Of a Parent," 14 Mar. 2019 About one-third of the challenge of reaching space is the rocket, one-third is regulatory, and one-third is the logistics, such as ground support systems. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Lab is about to win the small satellite launch space race," 12 Apr. 2018 If Active Minds doesn't have a group in your school, Hibbs recommends students seek similar support systems on campus. Eileen Reslen, Seventeen, "3 Vital Tips for College Students Who Are Struggling With Mental Health," 10 Oct. 2018 The company designs its benefits to reflect different support systems from country to country, as well as the needs of Starbucks’ local employees, Crawford said. Benjamin Romano, The Seattle Times, "Starbucks adds subsidized backup child and senior care to U.S. benefits package," 9 Oct. 2018 Once that support system is in place, Trump is unbound, free to impose his fantasies on reality. David Roberts, Vox, "The caravan “invasion” and America’s epistemic crisis," 2 Nov. 2018

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1980, in the meaning defined above

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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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