[ suh-pawrt, -pohrt ]
/ səˈpɔrt, -ˈpoʊrt /

verb (used with object)



(of hosiery) made with elasticized fibers so as to fit snugly on the legs, thereby aiding circulation, relieving fatigue, etc.

Nearby words

  1. supply chain,
  2. supply teacher,
  3. supply-side,
  4. supply-side economics,
  5. supply-sider,
  6. support area,
  7. support group,
  8. support level,
  9. support mission,
  10. support price

Origin of support

1350–1400; (v.) Middle English supporten < Middle French supporter < Medieval Latin supportāre to endure (Latin: to convey), equivalent to sup- sup- + portāre to carry (see port5); (noun) Middle English, derivative of the v.

Related forms

Synonym study

1, 6. Support, maintain, sustain, uphold all mean to hold up and to preserve. To support is to hold up or add strength to, literally or figuratively: The columns support the roof. To maintain is to support so as to preserve intact: to maintain an attitude of defiance. To sustain, a rather elevated word, suggests completeness and adequacy in supporting: The court sustained his claim. Uphold applies especially to supporting or backing another, as in a statement, opinion, or belief: to uphold the rights of a minority. 13. See living. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for non-supporting

  • The influence of ill-kept homes in the manufacture of non-supporting husbands has been widely recognized.

    Broken Homes|Joanna C. Colcord
  • Is it strange that our postal system should be non-supporting?

British Dictionary definitions for non-supporting


/ (səˈpɔːt) /

verb (tr)


Derived Formssupportless, adjective

Word Origin for support

C14: from Old French supporter, from Latin supportāre to bring, from sub- up + portāre to carry

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Word Origin and History for non-supporting
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for non-supporting


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