support Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun 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
noun aiding the cause or policy or interests of
- the president no longer has the support of his own party
- they developed a scheme of mutual support
noun something providing immaterial 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
noun 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
noun documentary validation
- his documentation of the results was excellent
- the strongest support for this view is the work of Jones
noun the financial means whereby one lives
living; livelihood; bread and butter; sustenance; keep.
- each child was expected to pay for their keep
- he applied to the state for support
- he could no longer earn his own livelihood
noun supporting structure that holds up or provides a foundation
- the statue stood on a marble support
noun the act of bearing the weight of or strengthening
- he leaned against the wall for support
noun a musical part (vocal or instrumental) that supports or provides background for other musical parts
backup; accompaniment; musical accompaniment.
noun any device that bears the weight of another thing
- there was no place to attach supports for a shelf
noun financial resources provided to make some project possible
backing; funding; financial support; financial backing.
- the foundation provided support for the experiment
verb give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to
- She supported him during the illness
- Her children always backed her up
verb support materially or financially
- he does not support his natural children
- The scholarship supported me when I was in college
verb be behind; approve of
indorse; plunk for; plump for; back; endorse.
- He plumped for the Labor Party
- I backed Kennedy in 1960
verb be the physical support of; carry the weight of
hold; sustain; hold up.
- The beam holds up the roof
- He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam
- What's holding that mirror?
verb establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts
affirm; substantiate; confirm; corroborate; sustain.
- his story confirmed my doubts
- The evidence supports the defendant
verb adopt as a belief
- I subscribe to your view on abortion
verb support with evidence or authority or make more certain or confirm
corroborate; bear out; underpin.
- The stories and claims were born out by the evidence
verb argue or speak in defense of
defend; fend for.
- She supported the motion to strike
verb play a subordinate role to (another performer)
- Olivier supported Gielgud beautifully in the second act
verb be a regular customer or client of
patronage; patronise; keep going; patronize.
- We patronize this store
- Our sponsor kept our art studio going for as long as he could
verb put up with something or somebody unpleasant
stomach; brook; put up; tolerate; bear; abide; endure; stick out; suffer; digest; stand.
- 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
Sup*port" transitive verb
To bear by being under; to keep from falling; to uphold; to sustain, in a literal or physical sense; to prop up; to bear the weight of; as, a pillar supportsa structure; an abutment supportsan arch; the trunk of a tree supportsthe branches.
To endure without being overcome, exhausted, or changed in character; to sustain; as, to. supportpain, distress, or misfortunes
This fierce demeanor and his insolence The patience of a god could not support. Dryden.
To keep from failing or sinking; to solace under affictive circumstances; to assist; to encourage; to defend; as, to. supportthe courage or spirits
To assume and carry successfully, as the part of an actor; to represent or act; to sustain; as, to. supportthe character of King Lear
To furnish with the means of sustenance or livelihood; to maintain; to provide for; as, to supporta family; to supportthe ministers of the gospel.
To carry on; to enable to continue; to maintain; as, to. supporta war or a contest; to supportan argument or a debate
To verify; to make good; to substantiate; to establish; to sustain; as, the testimony is not sufficient to supportthe charges; the evidence will not supportthe statements or allegations.
To urge such arguments, as though they were sufficient to support and demonstrate a whole scheme of moral philosophy. J. Edwards.
To vindicate; to maintain; to defend successfully; as, to be able to. supportone's own cause
To uphold by aid or countenance; to aid; to help; to back up; as, to supporta friend or a party; to supportthe present administration.
Wherefore, bold pleasant, Darest thou support a published traitor? Shak.
A attend as an honorary assistant; as, a chairman supportedby a vice chairman; O'Connell left the prison, supportedby his two sons. Syn. -- To maintain; endure; verify; substantiate; countenance; patronize; help; back; second; succor; relieve; uphold; encourage; favor; nurture; nourish; cherish; shield; defend; protect; stay; assist; forward.
The act, state, or operation of supporting, upholding, or sustaining.
That which upholds, sustains, or keeps from falling, as a prop, a pillar, or a foundation of any kind.
That which maintains or preserves from being overcome, falling, yielding, sinking, giving way, or the like; subsistence; maintenance; assistance; reënforcement; as, he gave his family a good support, the supportof national credit; the assaulting column had the supportof a battery. Syn. -- Stay; prop; maintenance; subsistence; assistance; favor; countenance; encouragement; patronage; aid; help; succor; nutriment; sustenance; food.
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