- 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 unsupported
That, of course, is pure speculation, unsupported by evidence.The Strange Leak of the New Exposé ‘Clinton, Inc.’
July 14, 2014
He called them “an ever more draconian approach to white collar crime, unsupported by any empirical data.”Ex-Goldman Board Member Boss Rajat Gupta Sentenced for Insider Trading
Allan Dodds Frank
October 25, 2012
This theory is self-inflated and unsupported, but it's widely believed.Fast and Furious: Inside Joke
June 21, 2012
The conclusions of Coming Apart are pure dogma, not only unsupported but even unrelated to anything that went before.Social Science Minus the Science
February 8, 2012
The problem with this modified theory is that it, too, is unsupported by the medical and scientific literature.No Proof Paula Deen’s High-Fat Southern Cooking Caused Her Diabetes
January 18, 2012
Mattie, Adam's wife, had long dealt with the problem of an unsupported existence.Tiverton Tales
Both testimonies are unsupported by any collateral evidence.Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume II (of II)
Charles James Lever
Mrs. Travers let fall her arm and began to retrace her steps, unsupported and alone.The Rescue
He was on his feet, unsupported, and looking expectantly toward the door.Glory of Youth
On prejudiced or unsupported judgment the Master set His disapproval.Jesus the Christ
James Edward Talmage
- not supported physically, financially, or emotionallyunable to sit up unsupported
- not upheld by evidence or facts; unsubstantiated
- 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 unsupported
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.