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support

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1 a structure that holds up or serves as a foundation for something else
  • if you don't add a couple more supports to that tower of blocks, it's going to fall down

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support

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1 to promote the interests or cause of
  • though childless themselves, they support the local schools both by volunteering and by fiercely opposing funding cuts

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2 to pay the living expenses of
  • a young widow supporting a sick mother as well as two small children on a teacher's salary

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3 to hold up or serve as a foundation for
  • pillars supporting the bridge

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4 to provide evidence or information for (as a claim or idea)
  • studies that support the claim that red wine drinkers have a reduced risk of coronary disease and cancer

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5 to continue to declare to be true or proper despite opposition or objections
  • we support the students' right to speak out on local issues that affect them

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6 to give evidence or testimony to the truth or factualness of
  • new evidence supports the original researchers' unexpected conclusions

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7 to provide (someone) with what is useful or necessary to achieve an end
  • sent reinforcements to support the troops deployed overseas

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8 to put up with (something painful or difficult)
  • he simply cannot support the thought of having to go on living without his beloved wife at his side

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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

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

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“Support.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/support. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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