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Meaning & Definition of Support in English





1. The activity of providing for or maintaining by supplying with money or necessities

  • "His support kept the family together"
  • "They gave him emotional support during difficult times"
  • support

2. Aiding the cause or policy or interests of

  • "The president no longer has the support of his own party"
  • "They developed a scheme of mutual support"
  • support

3. Something providing immaterial assistance to a person or cause or interest

  • "The policy found little public support"
  • "His faith was all the support he needed"
  • "The team enjoyed the support of their fans"
  • support

4. A military operation (often involving new supplies of men and materiel) to strengthen a military force or aid in the performance of its mission

  • "They called for artillery support"
  • support,
  • reinforcement,
  • reenforcement

5. Documentary validation

  • "His documentation of the results was excellent"
  • "The strongest support for this view is the work of jones"
  • documentation,
  • support

6. The financial means whereby one lives

  • "Each child was expected to pay for their keep"
  • "He applied to the state for support"
  • "He could no longer earn his own livelihood"
  • support,
  • keep,
  • livelihood,
  • living,
  • bread and butter,
  • sustenance

7. Supporting structure that holds up or provides a foundation

  • "The statue stood on a marble support"
  • support

8. The act of bearing the weight of or strengthening

  • "He leaned against the wall for support"
  • support,
  • supporting

9. A musical part (vocal or instrumental) that supports or provides background for other musical parts

  • accompaniment,
  • musical accompaniment,
  • backup,
  • support

10. Any device that bears the weight of another thing

  • "There was no place to attach supports for a shelf"
  • support

11. Financial resources provided to make some project possible

  • "The foundation provided support for the experiment"
  • support,
  • financial support,
  • funding,
  • backing,
  • financial backing


1. Give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to

  • "She supported him during the illness"
  • "Her children always backed her up"
  • support,
  • back up

2. Support materially or financially

  • "He does not support his natural children"
  • "The scholarship supported me when i was in college"
  • support

3. Be behind

  • Approve of
  • "He plumped for the labor party"
  • "I backed kennedy in 1960"
  • back,
  • endorse,
  • indorse,
  • plump for,
  • plunk for,
  • support

4. Be the physical support of

  • Carry the weight of
  • "The beam holds up the roof"
  • "He supported me with one hand while i balanced on the beam"
  • "What's holding that mirror?"
  • hold,
  • support,
  • sustain,
  • hold up

5. Establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts

  • "His story confirmed my doubts"
  • "The evidence supports the defendant"
  • confirm,
  • corroborate,
  • sustain,
  • substantiate,
  • support,
  • affirm

6. Adopt as a belief

  • "I subscribe to your view on abortion"
  • subscribe,
  • support

7. Support with evidence or authority or make more certain or confirm

  • "The stories and claims were born out by the evidence"
  • corroborate,
  • underpin,
  • bear out,
  • support

8. Argue or speak in defense of

  • "She supported the motion to strike"
  • defend,
  • support,
  • fend for

9. Play a subordinate role to (another performer)

  • "Olivier supported gielgud beautifully in the second act"
  • support

10. Be a regular customer or client of

  • "We patronize this store"
  • "Our sponsor kept our art studio going for as long as he could"
  • patronize,
  • patronise,
  • patronage,
  • support,
  • keep going

11. Put up with something or somebody unpleasant

  • "I cannot bear his constant criticism"
  • "The new secretary had to endure a lot of unprofessional remarks"
  • "He learned to tolerate the heat"
  • "She stuck out two years in a miserable marriage"
  • digest,
  • endure,
  • stick out,
  • stomach,
  • bear,
  • stand,
  • tolerate,
  • support,
  • brook,
  • abide,
  • suffer,
  • put up

Examples of using

We appreciate the support.
We pledged our support to the candidate.
Thank you for your support.