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



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


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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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 Even the Trump-supporting Republicans who drink endless war like Olympian nectar concede that Suleimani’s killing was impolitic vengeance with no clear security advantage. Adam Weinstein, The New Republic, "The Pinnacle of Trump’s Foreign Policy Stupidity," 3 Jan. 2020 Caraway’s three sons, West Pointers and high-ranking Army officers, supported her political aspirations. Nancy Hendricks, Smithsonian Magazine, "Hattie Caraway, the First Woman Elected to the U.S. Senate, Faced a Familiar Struggle With Gender Politics," 3 Jan. 2020 The KKW Beauty founder and her husband, Kanye West, have also supported , a national bipartisan initiative that focuses on criminal justice reform. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian Shares New Photos of North West at the White House," 2 Jan. 2020 Convincing British Airlines that the Austin market could support the trans-Atlantic routes was a multiyear effort, said Kevin Schorr, vice president of Campbell-Hill Aviation. Randy Diamond,, "Austin-Bergstrom takes flight ... internationally," 30 Dec. 2019 Keep in mind, though, that with the PopSocket on the back, this case does not support wireless charging. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "The Otter + Pop Figura cases for the iPhone 11 family mix form and function," 26 Dec. 2019 Travis Scott was there to support Kylie and his daughter Stormi, who were dressed in matching emerald green dresses. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "The Kardashian/Jenner Sisters All Reunited With Their Ex-Boyfriends at Their Annual Christmas Party," 26 Dec. 2019 And bookstores still shut down, especially if rents are so high an owner can’t even break even or if changing demographics mean a neighborhood can’t support a store. Joyce M. Rosenberg,, "Indie booksellers persevere despite Amazon, rising costs," 24 Dec. 2019 Pamushana's Malilangwe Trust supports community projects—the rich, dark blue honey at the lodge is produced by 20 nearby families—and local schools. Peter Browne, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Slow Safari Along Zimbabwe’s Back Roads," 20 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Browns fans must have loved her support for Garrett because the photo garnered nearly 3,500 likes. Maura Zurick, cleveland, "Carlos Santana becomes U.S. citizen; JR Smith’s love of CLE; stunning sunrise: Top 10 Instagram posts on 2019," 31 Dec. 2019 Two Turkish citizens died in the attack, according to Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğl, who pledged his country's support for the Somali government in its fight against terrorism. Omar Nor, Maija-liisa Ehlinger And Bukola Adebayo, CNN, "Al Qaeda affiliate Al-Shabaab claims responsibility for Somalia truck bombing that killed 85," 31 Dec. 2019 Despite the political and economic pressure on Iran, there has been no indication that support for foreign militias has been curtailed. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "Why Iraq is at the center of the dispute between Iran and the United States," 31 Dec. 2019 Civitan is an organization that provides training and support for people with developmental disabilities. Aline Mccracken, Arkansas Online, "COMMUNITY EVENTS IN THE THREE RIVERS AREA," 30 Dec. 2019 Chinese threats of invasion could strengthen support for pro-independence candidates who reject Beijing’s demand for eventual reunification between Taiwan and the People’s Republic. The Economist, "The World in 2020 The coming surge of separatism," 30 Dec. 2019 That evening, the Detroit Lions released their own statement, expressing support for both Marvin and his family. Maria Pasquini,, "Detroit Lions Hold Moment of Silence Following the Death of Marvin Jones’ Son Marlo, 6 Months," 30 Dec. 2019 The Republican candidates, including Sessions, have made support for Trump and Trump’s policies the No. Mike Cason |, al, "Nation’s toughest abortion law tops Alabama political stories of 2019," 29 Dec. 2019 To do achieve that, though, the center needs greater support for its tuition assistance program. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Season for Sharing: St. Nicholas Early Learning focuses on littlest learners," 26 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of support


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for support


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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6 Jan 2020

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“Support.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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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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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)



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


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



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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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



Medical Definition of support (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act or process of supporting : the condition of being supported respiratory support

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



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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