verb (used with object)
Origin of support
Synonyms for support
Examples from the Web for supporting
Contemporary Examples of supporting
“I heard Jeffrey was interested in supporting science and I contacted him,” Krauss said.Sleazy Billionaire’s Double Life Featured Beach Parties With Stephen Hawking
January 8, 2015
What stuck in my mind were the two supporting actors, Gloria Grahame and Lee Marvin.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
“Lack of forward firing ordnance in a CAS supporting aircraft is a major handicap,” he added.New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019
December 31, 2014
Fruitcake quickly acclimated to its American home, and even plays a supporting role in American literature.One Cake to Rule Them All: How Stollen Stole Our Hearts
December 24, 2014
We thanked them on stage for saving our asses and supporting indie music.How Much Money Does a Band Really Make on Tour?
December 8, 2014
Historical Examples of supporting
In supporting it, therefore, we support all that is dear to the freeman and the philanthropist.
We shall not always expect to find them supporting our view.
She was even fainting, when I clasped her in my supporting arms.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
Marcia, supporting herself on a chair, met his eyes, and made no reply.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
The scholar woke and turned around, supporting himself on his side.The Chinese Fairy Book
- 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.