support

verb
sup·​port | \ sə-ˈpȯrt \
supported; supporting; supports

Definition of support

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to endure bravely or quietly : bear
2a(1) : to promote the interests or cause of
(2) : to uphold or defend as valid or right : advocate supports fair play
(3) : to argue or vote for supported the motion to lower taxes
b(1) : assist, help bombers supported the ground troops
(2) : to act with (a star actor)
(3) : to bid in bridge so as to show support for
c : to provide with substantiation : corroborate support an alibi
3a : to pay the costs of : maintain support a family
b : to provide a basis for the existence or subsistence of the island could probably support three— A. B. C. Whipple support a habit
4a : to hold up or serve as a foundation or prop for
b : to maintain (a price) at a desired level by purchases or loans also : to maintain the price of by purchases or loans
5 : to keep from fainting, yielding, or losing courage : comfort
6 : to keep (something) going

support

noun

Definition of support (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the act or process of supporting : the condition of being supported
b : assistance provided by a company to users of its products customer support
2 : one that supports often used attributively a support staff
3 : sufficient strength in a suit bid by one's partner in bridge to justify raising the suit

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Other Words from support

Verb

supportability \ sə-​ˌpȯr-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
supportable \ sə-​ˈpȯr-​tə-​bəl \ adjective
supportive \ sə-​ˈpȯr-​tiv \ adjective
supportiveness \ sə-​ˈpȯr-​tiv-​nəs \ noun

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Verb

support, uphold, advocate, back, champion mean to favor actively one that meets opposition. support is least explicit about the nature of the assistance given. supports waterfront development uphold implies extended support given to something attacked. upheld the legitimacy of the military action advocate stresses urging or pleading. advocated prison reform back suggests supporting by lending assistance to one failing or falling. refusing to back the call for sanctions champion suggests publicly defending one unjustly attacked or too weak to advocate his or her own cause. championed the rights of children

Examples of support in a Sentence

Verb

I completely support your decision to stay. She no longer supports the war. The senator says that he supports the proposed legislation. Which presidential candidate do you support? The study is supported by the American Medical Association. The country's citizens were asked to support the war effort. Her friends supported her by signing her petition. The charity supports needy families. Bombers were called in to support the ground troops. The planet's atmosphere cannot support human life.

Noun

The team gets a lot of support from its fans. I'd like to thank my parents for all of their love and support over the years. He depended on his wife for emotional support. He applied for financial support from the state. the company's friendly support staff Inspectors found that some of the bridge's supports were weak. She used my arm as a support and limped to the chair. These sneakers are designed to give your feet extra support.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Jerome Powell: China, Tariffs and the U.S. Economy Your browser does not support HTML5 video. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "Warning to Investors: Powell Is No Greenspan," 15 Jan. 2019 The Duchess of Sussex stepped out following the announcement to visit one of the charities, Smart Works in London, which supports vulnerable and unemployed women to return to work. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Styles a Woman for Her Job Interview During First Royal Patron Visit to Smart Works," 10 Jan. 2019 The danger in this move is that Japan will be joined by the countries that have supported its past efforts, thus fracturing the organization that is primarily responsible for the survival of many whale species into the 21st century. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Japan restarting commercial whaling, ignoring global moratorium," 26 Dec. 2018 Thirty-one other Samsung executives face trial alongside Lee for threatening to cut wages from employees and withdraw business from subcontractors that supported unionization. Dan Seifert, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Samsung," 26 Dec. 2018 Platform beds are a stylish and versatile option that can support both your mattress and your aesthetic. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Everything You Need to Know About Platform Beds," 21 Nov. 2018 Utilities might support residential battery deployment to increase grid flexibility if a lot of customers are putting solar panels on their homes. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Under current policies, residential batteries increase emissions in most cases," 28 Dec. 2018 And yet, what do his fans, the people who have supported his decades-long career, want to see? Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "John Legend's Top Nine on Instagram Is Full of "Love and Lactation"," 28 Dec. 2018 My calves are tight from the constant turns, and my left shoulder is cramping from supporting the pack. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "What Happened When I Rode a Boosted Board From New York to Philadelphia," 27 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But the other two charities in her purview, Mayhew and Smart Works, are new to the royal family's support and much smaller. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle was just announced patron of four charities, but what does that really mean?," 12 Jan. 2019 Members can choose to pay on a per-night basis ($15/night for occasional travelers) or opt for the annual fee of $150, which comes with identity verification, property damage coverage, cancellation support and 24/7 emergency assistance. Donna Bulseco, WSJ, "The Secret to Scoring a Vacation Home That’s (Practically) Free," 11 Jan. 2019 Where the Galaxy Watch falls short is in its third-party app support and reliance on Samsung software and services. Dan Seifert, The Verge, "The best smartwatch to buy for iPhone and Android," 21 Dec. 2018 Rewards like $5 credits, upgrades to nicer cars, access to premium support and flexible cancellations. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Who will Facebook fire after a damning New York Times investigation?," 15 Nov. 2018 Many affordable housing advocates say NIMBYism contributes to rising housing costs, so Carson’s support of YIMBY-ism is a both a zig and a zag. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "HUD won one court battle, lost another under Ben Carson in 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 Hayley thanked Taylor for support via Twitter, and joined her on stage for their first duet performance just a couple months later. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "Hayley Kiyoko and Taylor Swift Surprised Fans with a Duet Performance," 6 Dec. 2018 The former Rice management team has the support of activist hedge fund Elliott and at least two top-10 shareholders listed by FactSet, according to people familiar with the matter. Cara Lombardo, WSJ, "Rice Brothers Seek CEO Post, Board Shakeup at EQT," 18 Dec. 2018 Three online polls made after Macron’s speech by Odoxa, Opinionway and Elabe institutes show that a majority of respondents still shows sympathy for the Yellow Vest movement, but the support appears to be receding compared to previous weeks. Sylvie Corbet, The Seattle Times, "France’s Macron caught between protests, Strasbourg attack," 12 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of support

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for support

Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French supporter, from Late Latin supportare, from Latin, to transport, from sub- + portare to carry — more at fare

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support

noun

Financial Definition of support

What It Is

In technical trading analysis, support is a lower limit in a price channel in which a security’s price tends to stay.

How It Works

Price channels can slope up (indicating bullish sentiment) or down (indicating bearish sentiment); they don’t have to simply go “sideways.” The important geometric characteristic is that the resistance lines (which are the opposite of support lines; they are the upper limits of the price channel) and support lines are parallel, as shown in this price channel for ChevronTexaco (CVX). The channel lines themselves are often based on multiday moving averages or logarithmic scales that reflect price movements in percentage terms. However, technical trading is as much an art as it is a science, and so one technical trader’s price channel might be different from another’s.

When a stock’s price touches or goes below the support, this may signal a trend change, which is why the support level is very important to technical traders.

Why It Matters

Price channels help tip traders off about trend changes in a stock or "unusual" activity when the price goes above or below the price channel lines (we call this a breakout). For example, a technical trader might buy when a stock hits the support level of an upward-sloping price channel; similarly, traders hope to be already out of a stock before it hits the support level on a downward-sloping price channel.

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support

verb

English Language Learners Definition of support

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to agree with or approve of (someone or something)

: to show that you approve of (someone or something) by doing something

: to give help or assistance to (someone or something)

support

noun

English Language Learners Definition of support (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act of showing that you believe that someone or something is good or acceptable : approval of someone or something

: the act of helping someone by giving love, encouragement, etc.

: help that is given in the form of money or other valuable things

support

verb
sup·​port | \ sə-ˈpȯrt \
supported; supporting

Kids Definition of support

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to hold up or in position : serve as a foundation or prop for Posts support the porch roof.
2 : to take sides with : favor Which candidate do you support?
3 : to provide evidence for : verify They cannot support this claim.
4 : to pay the costs of : maintain His income supports a large family.
5 : to keep going : sustain There is not enough air to support life.
6 : to provide help or encouragement to My friends supported me while I was sick.

Other Words from support

supporter noun

support

noun

Kids Definition of support (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act of supporting : the condition of being supported
2 : someone or something that supports

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support

transitive verb
sup·​port | \ sə-ˈpō(ə)rt, -ˈpȯ(ə)rt \

Medical Definition of support

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to hold up or serve as a foundation or prop for
2 : to maintain in condition, action, or existence support respiration support life

support

noun

Medical Definition of support (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act or process of supporting : the condition of being supported respiratory support
2 : supporter

support

transitive verb
sup·​port

Legal Definition of support

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : to promote the interests or cause of
b : to uphold or defend as valid or right
c : to argue or vote for
2 : to provide with substantiation or corroboration support an alibi
3 : to provide with the means of livelihood (as housing, food, or clothing) especially in accordance with an agreement or court order
4 : to hold up or in position : maintain the physical integrity of the right to have one's land supported by the underlying land

support

noun

Legal Definition of support (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act or process of supporting : the condition of being supported pledged the candidate their support
2 : a means of obtaining the necessities of life (as food, shelter, and clothing) : a source of livelihood especially in the form of alimony or child support
3 : something that provides support

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