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

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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

While the scientific consensus supports vaccination and regards it as a historic boon to public health, the crowd and the emcee, Rabbi Hillel Handler, do not put much stock in that science. Ben Sales, sun-sentinel.com, "An Orthodox rally in Brooklyn sees vaccines as a conspiracy," 6 June 2019 His words were supported by most Germans, and to this day it is often cited by politicians and taught in schools. Kirsten Grieshaber And David Rising, chicagotribune.com, "From loss to liberation: How Germans view celebrations of Allied victory over their Nazi ancestors," 6 June 2019 That’s partly because Turner’s time as the character has thus far amounted to a minor supporting role in the last X-Men movie, Apocalypse, which was the fourth in the series directed by Bryan Singer. David Sims, The Atlantic, "A Slapdash Farewell to the X-Men Series," 6 June 2019 Trump was pushing his fellow-Republicans to agree to a course that virtually none of them supports as a matter of policy or principle. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "Republicans Have Become the Except-When-Trump-Does-It Party," 6 June 2019 Apple AirPlay 2 is now supported and Google Assistant is coming too. courant.com, "CNET: Best Father’s Day gifts under $250," 5 June 2019 One player who sunk his stock was supported by another who continues to bolster it. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros cruise past Mariners for 5th straight win," 5 June 2019 The other gotcha for creative professionals is that Adobe's photo and video editing software does not support Linux, the operating system that ships with Thelio. Scott Gilbertson, WIRED, "The Best Alternatives to Apple's Mac and MacBook," 5 June 2019 Even after locking up Arenado long-term, a scuffling supporting cast made the postseason a tenuous bet. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "The Rangers Might Be MLB's Most Surprising Early Contender," 5 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This support was critical when his son was placed on hospice care and Marroquin wanted to spend as much time as possible by his hospital bedside. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Service dog made veteran’s first pitch at Padres game possible," 7 June 2019 With more than 400 employees in Mason, and another 860 at the company’s Independence, KY distribution center, nearly 1,300 workers in the region support Cengage in its mission to advance the way students learn. Jessica Levy, Cincinnati.com, "Cengage improves affordable access to quality learning with digital subscription," 7 June 2019 And support cooperation between groups through the institutions around them. K.n.c., The Economist, "How to increase empathy and unite society," 7 June 2019 In practical terms, Sudan now cannot participate in any AU meeting and any AU financial or other support will cease, the think tank said, though Sudan’s peacekeeping obligations are expected to continue. Washington Post, "Sudanese vow to keep up protests after crackdown," 7 June 2019 Despite winning huge support across the UK during last month's European Union election, the Brexit Party was edged out by Labour by a margin of 683 votes. Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "Peterborough by-election: Brexit Party loses to Labour in tight race," 7 June 2019 For the past eight years, his family has traveled the U.S. full time in their RV and established a community and a support business for other nomadic-minded families. Austen Erblat, sun-sentinel.com, "8-year-old boy serves food to Palm Beach County’s homeless," 7 June 2019 The city will require any new development to include: 30,000 square feet for community support services for veterans. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "Phoenix American Legion, one of first in U.S., could be demolished for downtown housing," 7 June 2019 But Portland certainly has a lot of pros, including the 22nd-largest TV market per the latest Nielsen rankings (ahead of 11 current NFL cities) and strong fan support for the Trail Blazers, Timbers and Thorns. Conor Orr, SI.com, "Which Cities Would Deserve the Newest NFL Expansion Team?," 7 June 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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