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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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2 an act or instance of helping
  • The team's victory owes a lot to Joe's strong support in left field.
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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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go in for, go to bat for, hold a brief for, stand up for, stick up for

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2 to pay the living expenses of
  • They have three children to support.
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foot the bill (for), take care of

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 eating dark chocolate lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease
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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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stand up for, stick up for

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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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bear a hand, to stand one in good stead

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8 to put up with (something painful or difficult)
  • He simply cannot support the thought of having to go on alone.
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live with, lump (it), stand for, tough out (it)

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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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