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Meaning & Definition of Support in English

English

Support

/səpɔrt/

noun

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"
    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • support
  • ,
  • reinforcement
  • ,
  • reenforcement

5. Documentary validation

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

8. The act of bearing the weight of or strengthening

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

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

    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • support

11. Financial resources provided to make some project possible

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

verb

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

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

2. Support materially or financially

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

3. Be behind

  • Approve of
  • "He plumped for the labor party"
  • "I backed kennedy in 1960"
    synonym:
  • 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?"
    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • confirm
  • ,
  • corroborate
  • ,
  • sustain
  • ,
  • substantiate
  • ,
  • support
  • ,
  • affirm

6. Adopt as a belief

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

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

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

8. Argue or speak in defense of

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

9. Play a subordinate role to (another performer)

  • "Olivier supported gielgud beautifully in the second act"
    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • digest
  • ,
  • endure
  • ,
  • stick out
  • ,
  • stomach
  • ,
  • bear
  • ,
  • stand
  • ,
  • tolerate
  • ,
  • support
  • ,
  • brook
  • ,
  • abide
  • ,
  • suffer
  • ,
  • put up

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