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 But Coinbase offers plenty of other popular cryptocurrencies that PayPal doesn’t support. Chris Smith, BGR, "Coinbase lets you pay for bitcoin and other cryptos with PayPal," 30 Apr. 2021 The kids have created murals in past years to celebrate the Independence Bicentennial, to remember a longtime music teacher and to support the Cleveland Cavaliers and Cleveland Indians. cleveland, "Myles Garrett surprises Independence Primary School students with visit to see Browns mural," 30 Apr. 2021 The commission also runs an annual mini grant program that funds initiatives and organizations that support Manchester youth. courant.com, "Community News For The Manchester Edition," 30 Apr. 2021 The solution is straightforward: develop programs and policies that support and include fathers. Jessica Seinfeld, CNN, "We are leaving fathers out of this important discussion," 30 Apr. 2021 Seema Bansal, the founder of the florist business Venus Et Fleur, wants to raise awareness of how Americans can support India right now. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, "India is facing its worst COVID outbreak yet. Indian-American businesswomen are sounding the alarm," 30 Apr. 2021 Fall is [my preferred] time to plant roses because the root system will have time to develop with no pressure to support new growth until the spring. Catherine Romano, WSJ, "Growing Roses for Beginners: The Secrets to Success in the Garden," 30 Apr. 2021 The bill would set up an intrastate system for licensed companies to produce, test, transport, and sell the products, which would be taxed to support the program. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "It’s crunch time for Alabama legislators with lottery, casinos, and medical marijuana at stake," 30 Apr. 2021 The federal government has also given out grants through what’s known as the Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies (SEEDS) program to support workforce development. USA Today, "Green jobs’ path to middle class, sustainability largely blocked to Native Americans," 30 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun An ideal family will be patient and provide him with reassurance, consistency, and support. BostonGlobe.com, "Shane likes being outdoors and going on adventures," 1 May 2021 But Churchill Downs, famous for running the Kentucky Derby, which touts its tradition and support for the equine industry, now operates more casinos than racetracks. Robert Mccoppin, chicagotribune.com, "Arlington International begins what likely is its last season amid regrets and anger over planned closing of iconic horse track. Future of site unclear.," 1 May 2021 Bridging Communities and Woodbridge Neighborhood Development, along with 22 others, are on their second year of receiving financial support from the Community Development Organization Fund. Chanel Stitt, Detroit Free Press, "Fund for Detroit nonprofits grows to $11M. Here's who the money will help," 1 May 2021 Since then, many people have reached out to Haley, both with support and even tips about who might have been responsible. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, "'Sydney was the realest friend you could've ever had': Slain teen's legacy continues," 1 May 2021 The legislature still has control over approving the new map, but the new rules require 50 percent support from members of each of the two major political parties. Sabrina Eaton, cleveland, "Who will get zapped when Ohio redraws congressional maps?," 1 May 2021 Here, only 10% of businesses received PPP support — six times lower than in Playa del Rey. Los Angeles Times, "Businesses in majority-white communities received PPP loans at higher rates, analysis shows," 1 May 2021 Republicans are so far opposed to the spending bills, meaning that potentially critical bipartisan support may be out of reach. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "Lawmakers see economic recovery clashing with Biden spending package," 1 May 2021 The mother of Sandra Bland, Geneva Reed-Veal, was in attendance to offer support. Drake Bentley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Dontre Day': The community gathers to celebrate the life of Dontre Hamilton," 1 May 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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The first known use of support was in the 14th century

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2 May 2021

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“Support.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/support. Accessed 10 May. 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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