to bear or hold up (a load, mass, structure, part, etc.); serve as a foundation for.
to sustain or withstand (weight, pressure, strain, etc.) without giving way; serve as a prop for.
to undergo or endure, especially with patience or submission; tolerate.
to sustain (a person, the mind, spirits, courage, etc.) under trial or affliction: They supported him throughout his ordeal.
to maintain (a person, family, establishment, institution, etc.) by supplying with things necessary to existence; provide for: to support a family.
to uphold (a person, cause, policy, etc.) by aid, countenance, one's vote, etc.; back; second.
to maintain or advocate (a theory, principle, etc.).
to corroborate (a statement, opinion, etc.): Leading doctors supported his testimony.
to act with or second (a lead performer); assist in performance: The star was supported by a talented newcomer.
the act or an instance of supporting.
the state of being supported.
something that serves as a foundation, prop, brace, or stay.
maintenance, as of a person or family, with necessaries, means, or funds: to pay for support of an orphan.
a person or thing that supports, as financially: The pension was his only support.
a person or thing that gives aid or assistance.
an actor, actress, or group performing with a lead performer.
the material, as canvas or wood, on which a picture is painted.
Stock Exchange. support level.
(of hosiery) made with elasticized fibers so as to fit snugly on the legs, thereby aiding circulation, relieving fatigue, etc.
- sup·port·ing·ly, adverb
- non·sup·port·ing, adjective
- pre·sup·port, noun, verb (used with object)
- pro·sup·port, adjective
- qua·si-sup·port·ed, adjective
- un·der·sup·port, noun
- un·sup·port·ed, adjective
- un·sup·port·ed·ly, adverb
- un·sup·port·ing, adjective
- well-sup·port·ed, adjective
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How to use support in a sentence
A few of the 3DS variation that were, until recently, supported by Nintendo.The end of the 3DS marks an inflection point for portable gaming | Kyle Orland | September 17, 2020 | Ars Technica
In the playoffs, calls have been more likely to get the “support” ruling than “stands,” indicating slightly more confident review decisions.Don’t Blame The Refs For All Of These Replay Reviews | Jared Dubin | September 17, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
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That’s 4 percentage points higher than the 68 percent who supported Hillary Clinton in 2016.More And More Americans Aren’t Religious. Why Are Democrats Ignoring These Voters? | Daniel Cox | September 17, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
As Andrew Keatts has reported, Mayor Kevin Faulconer and the Housing Commission advocated for state and federal officials to support hotel purchases to house homeless people after the city converted the Convention Center into a shelter.
“I do not support gay marriages being recognized in Florida,” he wrote Andrew Walther of Sanford.
If the Israel model ban were directed towards disordered eating, Ravin says she would support it whole-heartedly.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models | Carrie Arnold | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
In October, he traveled to Denver with Fry to support his work with LGBT rights organization The Matthew Sheppard Foundation.Meet Stephen Fry’s Future Husband (Who Is Less Than Half His Age) | Tom Sykes | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
A Republican candidate hoping to win red state support could find a worse team to root for than one from Dallas.
Both are considered marginal figures in the House GOP caucus and have no real base of support for their respective bids.
His enemies persistently insinuated that he was really returning to Spain to support the clericals actively.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
Several able speakers had made long addresses in support of the bill when one Mr. Morrisett, from Monroe, took the floor.The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun; | Various
Martini was on his mission to Vienna; but another valet was put into the chariot to support the Duke.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
A double detachment of soldiers was already there, with orders to support him in case of resistance.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
Danger threatened from two of them: Mr Bellamy had not afforded the support which he had promised.
British Dictionary definitions for support
to carry the weight of
to bear or withstand (pressure, weight, etc)
to provide the necessities of life for (a family, person, etc)
to tend to establish (a theory, statement, etc) by providing new facts; substantiate
to speak in favour of (a motion)
to give aid or courage to
to give approval to (a cause, principle, etc); subscribe to: to support a political candidature
to endure with forbearance: I will no longer support bad behaviour
to give strength to; maintain: to support a business
(tr) (in a concert) to perform earlier than (the main attraction)
to play a subordinate role to
to accompany (the feature) in a film programme
to act or perform (a role or character)
the act of supporting or the condition of being supported
a thing that bears the weight or part of the weight of a construction
a person who or thing that furnishes aid
the means of maintenance of a family, person, etc
a band or entertainer not topping the bill
the support an actor or group of actors playing subordinate roles
med an appliance worn to ease the strain on an injured bodily structure or part
the solid material on which a painting is executed, such as canvas
See athletic support
- supportless, adjective
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