Support - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |səˈpɔːrt|  American pronunciation of the word support
Brit.  |səˈpɔːt|  British pronunciation of the word support


- 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
- 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
- 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
- a military operation (often involving new supplies of men and materiel) to strengthen a military force or aid in the performance of its mission (syn: reinforcement)
they called for artillery support
- documentary validation (syn: documentation)
the strongest support for this view is the work of Jones
- the financial means whereby one lives (syn: keep, livelihood, living, sustenance)
he applied to the state for support
- supporting structure that holds up or provides a foundation
the statue stood on a marble support
- the act of bearing the weight of or strengthening (syn: supporting)
he leaned against the wall for support
- a musical part (vocal or instrumental) that supports or provides background for other musical parts (syn: accompaniment, backup)
- any device that bears the weight of another thing
there was no place to attach supports for a shelf
- financial resources provided to make some project possible (syn: backing, funding)
the foundation provided support for the experiment


- give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to (syn: back up)
She supported him during the illness
- support materially or financially
he does not support his natural children
The scholarship supported me when I was in college
- be behind; approve of (syn: back, endorse, indorse)
- be the physical support of; carry the weight of (syn: hold, hold up, sustain)
He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam
- establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts (syn: affirm, confirm, corroborate, substantiate, sustain)
The evidence supports the defendant
- adopt as a belief (syn: subscribe)
- support with evidence or authority or make more certain or confirm (syn: bear out, corroborate, underpin)
- argue or speak in defense of (syn: defend)
She supported the motion to strike
- play a subordinate role to (another performer)
Olivier supported Gielgud beautifully in the second act
- be a regular customer or client of (syn: patronage, patronize)
- put up with something or somebody unpleasant (syn: abide, bear, brook, digest, endure, put up, stand, stick out, stomach, suffer, tolerate)

Extra examples

The team gets a lot of support from its fans.

I'd like to thank my parents for all of their love and support over the years.

He depended on his wife for emotional support.

He applied for financial support from the state.

The company's friendly support staff

Inspectors found that some of the bridge's supports were weak.

She used my arm as a support and limped to the chair.

These sneakers are designed to give your feet extra support.

A chair which stands unevenly on its feet is useless as a support.

He was the sole support of his father.

The support of this place is a great export of white wine.

Traditionally, support came with the cost of a computer.

I am going to call tech support.

More than one hundred stone columns supported a massive roof.

This luxury was supported by a thriving trade.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: support
he/she/it: supports
present participle: supporting
past tense: supported
past participle: supported
singular: support
plural: supports
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