verb (used with object)
Origin of support
Synonyms for support
Related Words for supportbacking, assistance, loyalty, encouragement, protection, relief, aid, subsidy, payment, responsibility, care, bolster, reinforce, hold, uphold, subsidize, finance, strengthen, back, fund
Examples from the Web for support
Contemporary Examples of support
“I do not support gay marriages being recognized in Florida,” he wrote Andrew Walther of Sanford.Jeb Bush’s Unseen Anti-Gay Marriage Emails
January 9, 2015
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)
January 6, 2015
Both are considered marginal figures in the House GOP caucus and have no real base of support for their respective bids.The YOLO Caucus' New Cry for Attention
January 4, 2015
This initiative had the support of all 22 members of the Arab League, which in and of itself is remarkable.In the Middle East, the Two-State Solution Is Dead
January 2, 2015
As long ago as the early 1970s, he had gone on to support most civil rights-related legislation.Steve Scalise and the Right’s Ridiculous Racial Blame Game
January 2, 2015
Historical Examples of support
You used to support your family comfortably when you had one.Brave and Bold
We must support our rights or lose our character, and with it, perhaps, our liberties.
As usual, balm was on his lips, and I found encouragement and support.
To attempt it finds no support in the principles of our Constitution.
In support of his deposition he produced his billet de garde, dated the 8th.
- to play a subordinate role to
- to accompany (the feature) in a film programme
Word Origin for support
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.