support meaning

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support verb
1. give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to
Related: back_up
  • "She supported him during the illness"
  • "Her children always backed her up"
2. (give) support materially or financially
  • "he does not support his natural children"
  • "The scholarship supported me when I was in college"
3. (act) play a subordinate role to (another performer)
  • "Olivier supported Gielgud beautifully in the second act"
support noun
1. (activity) 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"
2. (aid) 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"
3. (influence) 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"
4. (operation) a military operation (often involving new supplies of men and materiel) to strengthen a military force or aid in the performance of its mission
Related: reinforcement, reenforcement
  • "they called for artillery support"
5. (resource) the financial means whereby one lives
Related: keep, livelihood, living, bread_and_butter, sustenance
  • "each child was expected to pay for their keep"
  • "he applied to the state for support"
  • "he could no longer earn his own livelihood"
6. (supporting_structure) supporting structure that holds up or provides a foundation
  • "the statue stood on a marble support"
7. (activity) the act of bearing the weight of or strengthening
Related: supporting
  • "he leaned against the wall for support"
8. (device) any device that bears the weight of another thing
  • "there was no place to attach supports for a shelf"
9. (resource) financial resources provided to make some project possible
Related: financial_support, funding, backing, financial_backing
  • "the foundation provided support for the experiment"
back verb
1. (approve) be behind; approve of
Related: endorse, indorse, plump_for, plunk_for, support
  • "He plumped for the Labor Party"
  • "I backed Kennedy in 1960"
hold verb
1. be the physical support of; carry the weight of
Related: support, sustain, hold_up
  • "The beam holds up the roof"
  • "He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam"
  • "What's holding that mirror?"
defend verb
1. (argue) argue or speak in defense of
Related: support, fend_for
  • "She supported the motion to strike"
confirm verb
1. establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts
Related: corroborate, sustain, substantiate, support, affirm
Antonyms: negate
  • "his story confirmed my doubts"
  • "The evidence supports the defendant"
digest verb
1. (permit) put up with something or somebody unpleasant
Related: endure, stick_out, stomach, bear, stand, tolerate, support, brook, abide, suffer, put_up
  • "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"
documentation noun
1. (validation) documentary validation
Related: support
  • "his documentation of the results was excellent"
  • "the strongest support for this view is the work of Jones"
subscribe verb
1. (agree) adopt as a belief
Related: support
  • "I subscribe to your view on abortion"
accompaniment noun
1. (part) a musical part (vocal or instrumental) that supports or provides background for other musical parts
Related: musical_accompaniment, backup, support
corroborate verb
1. (match) support with evidence or authority or make more certain or confirm
Related: underpin, bear_out, support
  • "The stories and claims were born out by the evidence"
patronize verb
1. (foster) be a regular customer or client of
Related: patronise, patronage, support, keep_going
  • "We patronize this store"
  • "Our sponsor kept our art studio going for as long as he could"
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