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

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Gabrielle Union knows the value of a sturdy support system. Maggie Parker,, "Gabrielle Union Says She Learned Who Her 'People' Were After Being Raped," 10 Apr. 2018 According to the trade website The Business of Fashion, 70 percent of the support system in leading fashion brands is female. Barbara De Vries, miamiherald, "Did Calvin Klein empower women, or was he just another sexist? | Miami Herald," 26 Mar. 2018 The award-winning journalists, who were responsible for making the morning show a ratings success from 1997 to 2006, often praised each other on the air and were each other's support system through difficult times. Eileen Reslen, Country Living, "A Timeline of Matt Lauer and Katie Couric's Today Show Relationship," 12 Dec. 2017 The roofs’ support systems typically are unprotected by drywall, exposing them to flames. Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "In a tragic loop, firefighters continue to die from preventable mistakes," 13 July 2018 My family and close friends have rallied around me, providing the best support system that anyone can ask for. Karen Mizoguchi,, "Bollywood Star Shares Emotional Video of Her Cutting Her Hair Off Before Cancer Treatment," 10 July 2018 For example, take initiative in actually helping them find a doctor or make additional efforts to be there for them as a support system. Korin Miller, SELF, "'Get Help' Doesn't Cut It—How to Actually Help a Friend Dealing With Mental Illness," 15 June 2018 To help, a sort of support system has emerged for those who have left the community. Elizabeth Llorente | Fox News, Fox News, "Hasidic 'defectors' find challenges, isolation in pursuing a new life," 13 June 2018 These students are blessed with an array of broadly available course offerings that engage them in challenging academics and rich arts programs, buttressed by strong support systems for students and their families. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "A haven for refugees, this Nebraska high school builds a web of support for its diverse student population," 16 May 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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