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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
Noun: support  su'port
  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"
  2. Aiding the cause, policy or interests of
    "the president no longer has the support of his own party"; "they developed a scheme of mutual support"
  3. Something providing immaterial assistance to a person, 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. (military) 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";
    - reinforcement, reenforcement
  5. Documentary validation
    "the strongest support for this view is the work of Jones";
    - documentation
  6. The financial means whereby one lives
    "he applied to the state for 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"
  8. The act of bearing the weight of or strengthening
    "he leaned against the wall for support";
    - supporting
  9. A musical part (vocal or instrumental) that supports or provides background for other musical parts
    - accompaniment, musical accompaniment, backup
  10. Any device that bears the weight of another thing
    "there was no place to attach supports for a shelf"
  11. Financial resources provided to make some project possible
    "the foundation provided support for the experiment";
    - financial support, funding, backing, financial backing, sponsorship

Derived forms: supports, supported, supporting

See also: turn out

Type of: act, activity, agree, aid, allow, approve, argue, assist, assistance, check, concord, concur, correspond, countenance, device, fit, foster, gibe, give, greenlight, green-light, help, hold, influence, jibe, let, marry, marry up, match, military operation, nurture, O.K., OK, okay, op [informal], operation, part, permit, play, proof, reason, represent, resource, sanction, substantiation, supporting structure, tally, validation, voice

Antonym: negate

Encyclopedia: Support