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Dictionary Definition

support

Noun

1 the activity of providing for or maintaining by supplying with money or necessities; "his support kept the family together"; "they gave him emotional support during difficult times"
2 aiding the cause or policy or interests of; "the president no longer had the support of his own party"; "they developed a scheme of mutual support"
3 something providing immaterial support or assistance to a person or cause or interest; "the policy found little public support"; "his faith was all the support he needed"; "the team enjoyed the support of their fans"
4 a military operation (often involving new supplies of men and materiel) to strengthen a military force or aid in the performance of its mission; "they called for artillery support" [syn: reinforcement, reenforcement]
5 documentary validation; "his documentation of the results was excellent"; "the strongest support for this this view is the work of Jones" [syn: documentation]
6 the financial means whereby one lives; "each child was expected to pay for their keep"; "he applied to the state for support"; "he could no longer earn his own livelihood" [syn: keep, livelihood, living, bread and butter, sustenance]
7 supporting structure that holds up or provides a foundation; "the statue stood on a marble support"
8 the act of bearing the weight of or strengthening; "he leaned against the wall for support" [syn: supporting]
9 a subordinate musical part; provides background for more important parts [syn: accompaniment, musical accompaniment, backup]
10 any device that bears the weight of another thing; "there was no place to attach supports for a shelf"
11 financial resources provided to make some project possible; "the foundation provided support for the experiment" [syn: financial support, funding, backing, financial backing]

Verb

1 give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to; "She supported him during the illness"; "Her children always backed her up" [syn: back up]
2 support materially or financially; "he does not support his natural children"; "The scholarship supported me when I was in college"
3 be behind; approve of; "He plumped for the Labor Party"; "I backed Kennedy in 1960" [syn: back, endorse, indorse, plump for, plunk for]
4 be the physical support of; carry the weight of; "The beam holds up the roof"; "He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam"; "What's holding that mirror?" [syn: hold, sustain, hold up]
5 establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts; "his story confirmed my doubts"; "The evidence supports the defendant" [syn: confirm, corroborate, sustain, substantiate, affirm] [ant: negate]
6 adopt as a belief; "I subscribe to your view on abortion" [syn: subscribe]
7 support with evidence or authority or make more certain or confirm; "The stories and claims were born out by the evidence" [syn: corroborate, underpin, bear out]
8 argue or speak in defense of; "She supported the motion to strike" [syn: defend, fend for]
9 play a subordinate role to (another performer); "Olivier supported Gielgud beautifully in the second act"
10 be a regular customer or client of; "We patronize this store"; "Our sponsor kept our art studio going for as long as he could" [syn: patronize, patronise, patronage, keep going]
11 put up with something or somebody unpleasant; "I cannot bear his constant criticism"; "The new secretary had to endure a lot of unprofessional remarks"; "he learned to tolerate the heat"; "She stuck out two years in a miserable marriage" [syn: digest, endure, stick out, stomach, bear, stand, tolerate, brook, abide, suffer, put up]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Etymology

From supporter.

Noun

  1. Something which supports. Often used attributively, as a complement or supplement to.
    Don’t move that beam! It’s a support for the whole platform.
    Don’t move that beam! It’s a support beam.
  2. Financial or other help.
    The government provides support to the arts in several ways.
  3. Answers to questions and resolution of problems regarding something sold.
    Sure they sell the product, but do they provide support?

Translations

something which supports
  • Finnish: tuki
  • Japanese: 支え, 支持, 維持
  • Russian: опора
financial or other help
  • Czech: podpora
  • Finnish: tuki
  • Japanese: 援助, 支援, 扶養
  • Russian: поддержка
  • Telugu: అండ
answers and resolution of problems
  • Czech: podpora
  • Finnish: tuki
  • Russian: поддержка

Verb

  1. To keep from falling.
    Don’t move that beam! It supports the whole platform.
  2. To help, particularly financially.
    The government supports the arts in several ways.
  3. To answer questions and resolve problems regarding something sold.
    Sure they sell the product, but do they support it?
  4. To back a cause, party etc. mentally or with concrete aid.
    I support France in the World Cup

Translations

to keep from falling
to help, particularly financially
to provide help regarding sthg sold
to back

See also

French

Etymology

From the verb supporter.

Noun

fr-noun m

Extensive Definition

Support may refer to the following:
support in German: Support
support in French: Support
support in Polish: Support
support in Simple English: Support
support in Slovak: Podpora

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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