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 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

Choose the Right Synonym for support

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

Because Augmented Reality is a processor-intensive experience, not all devices can be supported due to technical requirements. Time, "FAQ: How to Use TIME's 'Inside the Amazon: The Dying Forest'," 12 Sep. 2019 At this point, a majority of House Democrats now support opening an impeachment inquiry. Emily Tillett, CBS News, "House Democrats vote to approve guidelines for Trump impeachment hearings," 12 Sep. 2019 The Swiss maestro on the other hand, supports FC Basel. SI.com, "Real Madrid Plan to Host Exhibition Match Between Tennis Greats Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer," 12 Sep. 2019 Both candidates supported medical marijuana, which was already legal in California. Casey Tolan, The Mercury News, "Campaign fact check: Here’s how Kamala Harris really prosecuted marijuana cases," 11 Sep. 2019 Very tall spines on its backbone probably supported a sail along the back of the animal. Hans-dieter Sues, Smithsonian, "The Long, Strange Tale of the Hand Beast Footprints," 11 Sep. 2019 For example, Germany, Japan and China have actively supported their solar industries, while government support for electric vehicles in Norway and China have spurred their rise. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Renewables growing rapidly, but still well short of Paris climate goals," 11 Sep. 2019 Dunleavy had originally supported an unprecedented $135 million, one-year cut for UA, launching the university system into turmoil. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "University of Alaska regents vote to move ahead with program reviews," 13 Sep. 2019 The money paid to buy offsets supports programs designed to reduce emissions. Elizabeth Paton, New York Times, "Gucci Vies to Be Even Greener," 12 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Its reputation for providing support to sellers is iffy. The Economist, "Shopify and the return of the merchant class," 31 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, UTSA’s Center for Archaeological Research is providing technical support at six construction excavation units in the plaza, where heavy-duty safety bollards are being installed to keep vehicles off Alamo property. Scott Huddleston, ExpressNews.com, "Early mission-era artifact unearthed in downtown San Antonio at Alamo," 30 Aug. 2019 Here, young adults are often providing essential financial support to their families. Matt Levin, The Mercury News, "Nearly 40% of young adult Californians live with their parents. Here’s everything to know about them," 27 Aug. 2019 Musica Nova Orchestra, which received $8,000 in support of its efforts to provide access to musical performances to low-income students. Elizabeth Montgomery, azcentral, "St. Dominic Savio Academy to grow with $3,000 USA TODAY NETWORK grant," 27 Aug. 2019 Since McClain’s retirement, players have settled a class-action lawsuit with the NFL meant to provide support for ex-players dealing with the lasting impact of head trauma caused by football. Henry Mckenna, For The Win, "Retired NFL fullback Le'Ron McClain pleads for help: 'I have to get my head checked'," 25 Aug. 2019 Much will be asked of Achiuwa and Wiseman, but thankfully the Tigers have a ton of depth in their 13-man roster which should provide sufficient support. Emily Caron, SI.com, "Precious Achiuwa Will Be Key Piece in Memphis's Talented Frontcourt," 23 Aug. 2019 Norma Lawless, a department official who provided instructional support to the district, directed auditors to speak with certain staff members without the authority to do so, Middleton's suit claims. Max Londberg, Cincinnati.com, "Newport superintendent claims critical audit of his district defamed him, cost him speaking gigs," 23 Aug. 2019 His weekly, Next, which began as a print magazine but now has only a digital edition, writes a lot about celebrities and covers local tittle-tattle, but also provides unstinting support for the protests. Andrew Higgins, New York Times, "A Hong Kong ‘Troublemaker’ With a Clean Conscience," 23 Aug. 2019

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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 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

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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

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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