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[ suh-pawrt ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to bear or hold up (a load, mass, structure, part, etc.); serve as a foundation for:

    Don’t take down this dividing wall, as it supports the roof.

  2. to sustain or withstand (weight, pressure, strain, speed, etc.) without giving way:

    The specs on this folding chair say it can support up to 200 pounds.

    The circuit breaker was not able to support the electrical requirements of three appliances.

  3. to encourage, comfort, help, etc., under trial or affliction; sustain:

    They supported him throughout his ordeal.

  4. to maintain (a person, family, establishment, institution, etc.) by supplying with things necessary to existence; provide for:

    It is next to impossible to support a family on such a low salary.

  5. to give financial assistance to (a person, organization, program, etc.); be a contributor to or patron of:

    I try to support the local theater by buying season tickets every year.

    Our scholarship fund supports a number of students from lower-income families.

  6. Computers. (of a manufacturer) to provide regular updates, troubleshooting, service, etc., for (a program or device):

    They’re no longer supporting this version of the operating system.

  7. to uphold (a person, cause, policy, etc.) by aid, public approval, one's vote, etc.; back; second:

    He was unable to support the resolution, but did not speak out against it either.

    Which candidate do you support in the City Council race?

  8. to maintain or advocate (a theory, principle, etc.):

    Many viewers support the theory that the housekeeper will turn out to be the murderer.

  9. to corroborate (a statement, opinion, etc.):

    Leading doctors supported his testimony.

  10. to act with or second (a lead performer); assist in performance:

    The star was supported by a talented newcomer.

  11. to undergo or endure, especially with patience or submission; tolerate:

    How do you support the constant drama in this office?

    Synonyms: stomach, stand, bear, suffer


  1. the act or an instance of sustaining, upholding, helping, advocating for, etc.:

    Without emotional support I would never have made it through.

    Support for the party is growing among younger voters.

  2. something that serves as a foundation, prop, brace, or stay:

    Those L-brackets are the supports for the shelf.

  3. maintenance, such as of a person or family, with necessities, means, or funds:

    He paid for the support of the orphans until they completed their education.

    Synonyms: keep, subsistence, sustenance

  4. a person or thing that supports, as financially:

    The pension was his only support.

  5. a person or thing that gives aid, encouragement, etc.:

    You have been such a support to me over this challenging time.

    The revised edition also includes updated daily lesson plans, sample tests, and other curricular supports.

  6. Digital Technology. a department, team, or individual that offers troubleshooting, instruction, assistance, etc., to users:

    If you’re still having trouble signing in, contact support at the number below.

  7. Computers. regular updates, troubleshooting, service, etc., by a manufacturer for a piece of software or hardware:

    Support for this application has been withdrawn.

  8. an actor, actress, or group performing with a lead performer.
  9. the material, such as canvas or wood, on which a picture is painted.
  10. Stock Exchange. support level.


  1. serving to assist, such as by providing instruction or solving problems, managing administrative tasks, supplementing the activities of colleagues, etc.:

    Teachers are calling for smaller class sizes and more support personnel in the classroom.

    You will be acting in a support role to the executive director.

  2. (of socks or stockings) made with elasticized fibers so as to fit snugly on the legs, thereby aiding circulation, relieving fatigue, etc.:

    She wears support stockings for varicose veins.


/ səˈpɔːt /


  1. to carry the weight of
  2. to bear or withstand (pressure, weight, etc)
  3. to provide the necessities of life for (a family, person, etc)
  4. to tend to establish (a theory, statement, etc) by providing new facts; substantiate
  5. to speak in favour of (a motion)
  6. to give aid or courage to
  7. to give approval to (a cause, principle, etc); subscribe to

    to support a political candidature

  8. to endure with forbearance

    I will no longer support bad behaviour

  9. to give strength to; maintain

    to support a business

  10. tr (in a concert) to perform earlier than (the main attraction)
  11. films theatre
    1. to play a subordinate role to
    2. to accompany (the feature) in a film programme
  12. to act or perform (a role or character)


  1. the act of supporting or the condition of being supported
  2. a thing that bears the weight or part of the weight of a construction
  3. a person who or thing that furnishes aid
  4. the means of maintenance of a family, person, etc
  5. a band or entertainer not topping the bill
  6. the support
    an actor or group of actors playing subordinate roles
  7. med an appliance worn to ease the strain on an injured bodily structure or part
  8. the solid material on which a painting is executed, such as canvas

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Derived Forms

  • supˈportless, adjective

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Other Words From

  • 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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Word History and Origins

Origin of support1

First recorded in 1350–1400; (for the verb) Middle English supporten, from Middle French supporter, from Medieval Latin supportāre “to endure” ( Latin: “to convey”), from sup- sup- + portāre “to carry” ( port 5 ); noun derivative of the verb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of support1

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

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Example Sentences

A few of the 3DS variation that were, until recently, supported by Nintendo.

In the playoffs, calls have been more likely to get the “support” ruling than “stands,” indicating slightly more confident review decisions.

It may, Cloudflare has a blog post that shares how you can check your site support.

That’s 4 percentage points higher than the 68 percent who supported Hillary Clinton in 2016.

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.

In October, he traveled to Denver with Fry to support his work with LGBT rights organization The Matthew Sheppard Foundation.

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.

Several able speakers had made long addresses in support of the bill when one Mr. Morrisett, from Monroe, took the floor.

Martini was on his mission to Vienna; but another valet was put into the chariot to support the Duke.

A double detachment of soldiers was already there, with orders to support him in case of resistance.

Danger threatened from two of them: Mr Bellamy had not afforded the support which he had promised.


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When To Use

What are other ways to say support?

To support something, as a structure or heavy load, is to bear it or hold it up. To support a person is to supply them with things necessary to existence, or to keep their spirits or courage up under trial or affliction. How is support different from maintain, sustain, and uphold? Find out on




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