- 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.
Origin of support
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Examples from the Web for 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
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
- (of a role) being a fairly important but not leading part, esp in a play or film
- (of an actor or actress) playing a supporting role
- 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 toto support a political candidature
- to endure with forbearanceI will no longer support bad behaviour
- to give strength to; maintainto support a business
- (tr) (in a concert) to perform earlier than (the main attraction)
- films theatre
- 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
Word Origin and History for supporting
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.
- To bear the weight of, especially from below.
- To hold in position so as to keep from falling, sinking, or slipping.
- To be capable of bearing; withstand.
- To keep from weakening or failing; strengthen.
- To provide for or maintain, by supplying with money or necessities.
- To endure; tolerate.
- The act of supporting.
- The state of being supported.
- One that supports or maintains.
- Maintenance, as of a family, with the necessities of life.