Say you take a worker who has no one to support--just himself.
The data flow would seem to support a decent—possibly good—holiday shopping season.
It is now urgent we support girls education around the world.
When you are in favor of it, however—and I have been very vocal about my support—that position defines you.
Kayani's army and intelligence services are widely believed to support militant groups that are targeting American soldiers.
Trembling so violently that he had to lean on the balustrade for support, he told me.
Rough and trying times are coming, love, and I must have your support.
Kerensky hesitated, but what about the support of the Commissars and Committees?
I challenge you to combat, to test whether you can support your lies.
This country must do all it can to support the arms of Britain.
late 14c., "to aid," also "to hold up, prop up," from Old French supporter, from Latin supportare "convey, carry, bring up," from sub "up from under" + portare "to carry" (see port (n.1)). Related: Supported; supporting.
late 14c., "act of assistance, backing, help, aid," from support (v.). Meaning "one who provides assistance, protection, backing, etc." is early 15c. Sense of "bearing of expense" is mid-15c. Physical sense of "that which supports" is from 1560s. Meaning "services which enable something to fulfil its function and remain in operation" (e.g. tech support) is from 1953.
support sup·port (sə-pôrt')
v. sup·port·ed, sup·port·ing, sup·ports
To bear the weight of, especially from below.
To hold in position so as to keep from falling, sinking, or slipping.
To be capable of bearing; withstand.
To keep from weakening or failing; strengthen.
To provide for or maintain, by supplying with money or necessities.
To endure; tolerate.
The act of supporting.
The state of being supported.
One that supports or maintains.
Maintenance, as of a family, with the necessities of life.
After-sale handholding; something many software vendors promise but few deliver. To hackers, most support people are useless - because by the time a hacker calls support he or she will usually know the software and the relevant manuals better than the support people (sadly, this is *not* a joke or exaggeration). A hacker's idea of "support" is a tête-à-tête or exchange of electronic mail with the software's designer.