WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
sup•port /səˈpɔrt/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object]
  1. to bear (a load, mass, part, etc.) from below;
    to sustain (weight, pressure, etc.) without giving way:He supported himself by holding on to the wall.
  2. to maintain (a person, family, etc.) with the necessities of existence:Is that enough money to support yourself?
  3. to extend help, concern, etc., to (a person, one's spirits, etc.) experiencing hardship:Her brother supported her during the tragedy.
  4. to uphold by showing one's agreement with or faith in (a person, cause, etc.);
    to defend:I support his nomination for president.
  5. to provide evidence for;
    show to be true;
    confirm:His testimony will support her plea of innocence.

  1. the providing of necessary means or funds for a person or family to live:[uncountable]He provides child support for his kids.
  2. an act or instance of supporting;
    the state of being supported:[uncountable]to show support for our fired coworkers.
  3. something that serves as a foundation, prop, or brace to hold something up:[countable]The explosives ripped the cable car's two supports from the wire.
  4. Military backup in combat, as by air cover:[uncountable]We'll need more air support to protect the convoy.

adj. [before a noun]
  1. Clothing(of hosiery) made with elasticized fibers that exert a degree of tension on the legs, thereby aiding circulation, etc.:support hose.
sup•port•a•ble, adj. 
sup•port•er, n. [countable]
sup•port•ive, adj.: She found the teachers very supportive regarding her learning disability.See -port-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
sup•port  (sə pôrt, -pōrt),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to bear or hold up (a load, mass, structure, part, etc.);
    serve as a foundation for.
  2. to sustain or withstand (weight, pressure, strain, etc.) without giving way;
    serve as a prop for.
  3. to undergo or endure, esp. with patience or submission;
  4. to sustain (a person, the mind, spirits, courage, etc.) under trial or affliction:They supported him throughout his ordeal.
  5. to maintain (a person, family, establishment, institution, etc.) by supplying with things necessary to existence;
    provide for:to support a family.
  6. to uphold (a person, cause, policy, etc.) by aid, countenance, one's vote, etc.;
  7. to maintain or advocate (a theory, principle, etc.).
  8. to corroborate (a statement, opinion, etc.):Leading doctors supported his testimony.
  9. Show Businessto act with or second (a lead performer);
    assist in performance:The star was supported by a talented newcomer.

  1. the act or an instance of supporting.
  2. the state of being supported.
  3. something that serves as a foundation, prop, brace, or stay.
  4. maintenance, as of a person or family, with necessaries, means, or funds:to pay for support of an orphan.
  5. a person or thing that supports, as financially:The pension was his only support.
  6. a person or thing that gives aid or assistance.
  7. Show Businessan actor, actress, or group performing with a lead performer.
  8. Fine Artthe material, as canvas or wood, on which a picture is painted.
  9. Stock Exchange, BusinessSee  support level. 

  1. Clothing(of hosiery) made with elasticized fibers so as to fit snugly on the legs, thereby aiding circulation, relieving fatigue, etc.
sup•porting•ly, adv. 
  • Medieval Latin supportāre to endure (Latin: to convey), equivalent. to sup- sup- + portāre to carry (see port5); (noun, nominal) Middle English, derivative of the verb, verbal
  • Middle French supporter
  • (verb, verbal) Middle English supporten 1350–1400
    • 1, 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged Support, maintain, sustain, uphold all mean to hold up and to preserve.
      To support is to hold up or add strength to, literally or figuratively:The columns support the roof.To maintain is to support so as to preserve intact:to maintain an attitude of defiance.To sustain, a rather elevated word, suggests completeness and adequacy in supporting:The court sustained his claim.Uphold applies esp. to supporting or backing another, as in a statement, opinion, or belief:to uphold the rights of a minority.
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged suffer, bear, stand, stomach.
    • 13.See corresponding entry in Unabridged sustenance, subsistence, keep. See  living. 

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support /səˈpɔːt/ vb (transitive)
  1. to carry the weight of
  2. to bear or withstand (pressure, weight, etc)
  3. to provide the necessities of life for (a family, person, etc)
  4. to tend to establish (a theory, statement, etc) by providing new facts; substantiate
  5. to speak in favour of (a motion)
  6. to give aid or courage to
  7. to give approval to (a cause, principle, etc); subscribe to: to support a political candidature
  8. to endure with forbearance: I will no longer support bad behaviour
  9. to give strength to; maintain: to support a business
  10. (transitive) (in a concert) to perform earlier than (the main attraction)
  11. to play a subordinate role to
  12. to accompany (the feature) in a film programme
  13. to act or perform (a role or character)
  1. the act of supporting or the condition of being supported
  2. a thing that bears the weight or part of the weight of a construction
  3. a person who or thing that furnishes aid
  4. the means of maintenance of a family, person, etc
  5. a band or entertainer not topping the bill
  6. the supportan actor or group of actors playing subordinate roles
  7. an appliance worn to ease the strain on an injured bodily structure or part
  8. the solid material on which a painting is executed, such as canvas
  9. See athletic support
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French supporter, from Latin supportāre to bring, from sub- up + portāre to carry

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