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Adjective: supporting  su'por-ting
  1. Furnishing support and encouragement
    "the anxious child needs supporting and accepting treatment from the teacher";
    - encouraging
     
  2. Capable of bearing a structural load
    "a supporting wall";
    - load-bearing
Noun: supporting  su'por-ting
  1. The act of bearing the weight of or strengthening
    - support
Verb: support  su'port
  1. Give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to
    "She supported him during the illness";
    - back up
     
  2. Provide material help or money to cover living expenses
    "he does not support his natural children"; "The scholarship supported me when I was in college"
     
  3. Pick one person to give support and approval to in a particular role
    "I supported Kennedy in 1960";
    - back, endorse, indorse, plump for, plunk for
     
  4. Be the physical support of; carry the weight of
    "He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam";
    - hold, sustain, hold up
     
  5. Establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts
    "The evidence supports the defendant";
    - confirm, corroborate, sustain, substantiate, affirm
     
  6. Adopt as a belief
    "I support to your view on abortion";
    - subscribe
     
  7. Back up with evidence or authority or make more certain or confirm
    - corroborate, underpin, bear out
     
  8. Argue or speak in defence of
    "She supported the motion to strike";
    - defend, fend for
     
  9. (dramaturgy) play a subordinate role to (another performer)
    "Olivier supported Gielgud beautifully in the second act"
     
  10. Be a regular customer or client of
    "We support this store";
    - patronize, patronise [Brit], patronage, keep going
     
  11. Put up with something or somebody unpleasant
    - digest, endure, stick out, stomach, bear, stand, tolerate, brook, abide, suffer, put up

Derived forms: supportings

See also: bearing, supportive

Type of: act, activity, agree, allow, approve, argue, check, concord, concur, correspond, countenance, fit, foster, gibe, give, hold, jibe, let, marry, marry up, match, nurture, O.K., OK, okay, permit, play, reason, represent, sanction, tally

Encyclopedia: Support