support

verb
sup·​port | \ sə-ˈpȯrt How to pronounce support (audio) \
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 How to pronounce support (audio) \ noun
supportable \ sə-​ˈpȯr-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce support (audio) \ adjective
supportive \ sə-​ˈpȯr-​tiv How to pronounce support (audio) \ adjective
supportiveness \ sə-​ˈpȯr-​tiv-​nəs How to pronounce support (audio) \ 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 The film is part of an ongoing fundraising campaign to support venues such as those depicted in the film. al, 4 June 2021 Schererville Deputy Police Chief Jeffrey Cook said his department conducts in-depth background checks where the goal would be to find out if somebody is part of a group like the Oath Keepers or has tendencies to support those groups or views. Carrie Napoleon, chicagotribune.com, 4 June 2021 The team offered enough runs to support quality pitching. Bernie Pleskoff, Forbes, 4 June 2021 Even before the shot was available, Wolynn, who's been in the business of medicine for 26 years, was willing to do almost anything to support the science of vaccinations. Morgan Smith, PEOPLE.com, 4 June 2021 Thanks to support from the Massachusetts and local cultural councils, the programs are free, but to maintain social distancing, online reservations are required. BostonGlobe.com, 3 June 2021 Holtzman said the district would share its plan with parents and students in August, allowing time to develop procedures to support families who need to adjust their learning format. Alexis Oatman, cleveland, 3 June 2021 One of the biggest issues right now is finding labor to support the customer demand, Henrie said. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 June 2021 Reports leading up to the Galaxy S21 launch said that the Ultra version would be the first Galaxy S flavor to support the S Pen stylus. Chris Smith, BGR, 2 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Protests in support of Palestine have continued to take place in recent weeks in cities like Detroit, Dearborn and Ann Arbor, at times drawing thousands condemning the displacement of Palestinian families and violence in the Gaza Strip. Nour Rahal, Detroit Free Press, 7 June 2021 Twenty-one senators — all Democrats — signed a March 30 letter to Mr. Biden in support of recurring stimulus payments, pointing out that the $1,400 payment being distributed by the IRS won't tide people over for long. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 6 June 2021 This year the board voted 6 to 1 in support of the lower quota. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6 June 2021 Recent polling shows the public is divided on the issue, with 40% of U.S. adults in support of trans female athletes competing in women’s sports in college and 42% opposing it, according to an April Morning Consult survey. Jemima Mcevoy, Forbes, 6 June 2021 An assortment of groups testified in support of the bill during the legislative session, from religious organizations to the Department of Corrections. Kaitlin Lange, The Indianapolis Star, 5 June 2021 This family friendly event is put on by the board in support of Pride festivities. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, 5 June 2021 George Soros, Wiley’s former employer, has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in support of her campaign, and Local 1199 is doing the same. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, 5 June 2021 My point is that on many occasions, San Diegans are willing to show up and advocate in support of issues that didn’t directly impact them. San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 June 2021

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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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Time Traveler for support

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The first known use of support was in the 14th century

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7 Jun 2021

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“Support.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/support. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for support

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 How to pronounce support (audio) \
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

support

transitive verb
sup·​port | \ sə-ˈpō(ə)rt, -ˈpȯ(ə)rt How to pronounce support (audio) \

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

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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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