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 attributivelya 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 supportability (audio) \ noun
supportable \ sə-​ˈpȯr-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce supportable (audio) \ adjective
supportive \ sə-​ˈpȯr-​tiv How to pronounce supportive (audio) \ adjective
supportiveness \ sə-​ˈpȯr-​tiv-​nəs How to pronounce supportiveness (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 Afterward, a nearby patron speaks up to support the teen. Adam Carlson, PEOPLE.com, "Adam Rippon Gets Emotional Watching a Stranger Comfort Gay Athlete on Hidden-Camera Show," 13 July 2020 Fadlallah adds that when both slavery and the Jim Crow period were occurring, there weren't many Arabs in the country to support Black people during that time. Chanel Stitt, Detroit Free Press, "Dearborn Girl podcast series 'Amplify Black Voices' aims to educate community about racism," 13 July 2020 Fund backers want to help support affordable housing development as quickly as possible but also acknowledge much more than $100 million is needed to tackle Arizona’s growing affordable housing problem. Catherine Reagor, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix and housing groups ask Ducey to extend Arizona's halt on evictions until end of 2020," 13 July 2020 Texas plans to allocate a multimillion-dollar investment from athletic revenue to recruit, attract, retain and support Black students. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Texas responds to student-athletes’ call for change," 13 July 2020 But key Senate Republicans seem likely to support more election funding, despite Trump's opposition, and are even offering to lower a requirement that states put up matching funds to qualify for the federal cash. Andrew Taylor And Christina A. Cassidy, Houston Chronicle, "Ready or not: Election costs soar in prep for virus voting," 13 July 2020 The Governors Economic Advisory Board says in an op-ed that its 18 members all support the wearing of masks while in public. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s economic panel says wearing masks key to overcoming coronavirus," 13 July 2020 But in recent days, the mayors of Alabama’s 10 largest cities are pushing for Ivey to support a statewide face covering requirement. al, "‘We saw how things were going’: How one small Alabama city became a leader in mandating masks," 12 July 2020 The American Academy of Pediatrics, whose guidance the Trump administration has cited to support its demands, says the goal is for all students to be physically present in school. Lindsey Tanner, Anchorage Daily News, "Virus spread, not politics should guide schools, doctors say," 12 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Either way, Stanton expects his proposal to attract bipartisan support. Cleo Krejci, The Arizona Republic, "Rep. Greg Stanton's bill would tie police funding to use of body cameras," 13 July 2020 Among other requests, Elizabeth also asked for spousal support. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Elizabeth Chambers Files for Divorce from Armie Hammer, Cites Irreconcilable Differences," 13 July 2020 Thank you all for the well wishes and continued support. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Houston Rockets star Russell Westbrook confirms he tested positive for COVID-19," 13 July 2020 Thank you for all the well wishes and continued support. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Rockets' Russell Westbrook has COVID-19, says: 'Mask up!'," 13 July 2020 The name’s defenders have argued that it is opposed by only a minority of Native Americans, who have drawn support from non-Native Americans who want to demonstrate their moral superiority. Washington Post, "Corporate money, Black Lives Matter protests and elites’ opinion drove Redskins name change," 13 July 2020 The Clinic’s home monitoring program offers support to COVID-19 patients and connects long haulers with specialists. Julie Washington, cleveland, "A mild case of COVID-19 is not a mild case of the flu: Long-haulers’ symptoms linger for months, and lasting effects are still a mystery," 12 July 2020 No doubt, that noise and support brings a great element to the games. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Buster Posey and family take one for the team: Team Us," 12 July 2020 Masks, extra cleaning supplies or janitors, additional classroom space, mental health support for students and staff traumatized by the pandemic are among potential costs. Lindsey Tanner, Anchorage Daily News, "Virus spread, not politics should guide schools, doctors say," 12 July 2020

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

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Last Updated

24 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Support.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/support. Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for support

support

verb
How to pronounce support (audio)

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
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

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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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