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Definitions of support

  1. a subordinate musical part; provides background for more important parts
  2. establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts; " his story confirmed my doubts"; " The evidence supports the defendant"
  3. financial resources provided to make some project possible; " the foundation provided support for the experiment"
  4. support with evidence or authority : make more certain or confirm; " The stories and claims were born out by the evidence"
  5. the financial means whereby one lives; " 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. argue or speak in defense of; " She supported the motion to strike"
  7. documentary validation; " his documentation of the results was excellent"; " the strongest support for this this view is the work of Jones"
  8. be behind; approve of; " He plumped for the Labor Party"; " I backed Kennedy in 1960"
  9. be the physical support of; carry the weight of; " The beam holds up the roof"; " He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam"; " What's holding that mirror?"
  10. be a regular customer or client of; " We patronize this store"; " Our sponsor kept our art studio going for as long as he could"
  11. 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"
  12. adopt as a belief; " I subscribe to your view on abortion"
  13. aiding the cause or policy or interests of; " the president no longer had the support of his own party"; " they developed a scheme of mutual support"
  14. the act of bearing the weight of or strengthening; " he leaned against the wall for support"
  15. 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"
  16. any device that bears the weight of another thing; " there was no place to attach supports for a shelf"
  17. supporting structure that holds up or provides a foundation; " the statue stood on a marble support"
  18. something providing immaterial support or 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"
  19. play a subordinate role to ( another performer); " Olivier supported Gielgud beautifully in the second act"
  20. support with evidence or authority or make more certain or confirm; " The stories and claims were born out by the evidence"
  21. A compilation of statutes or decisions analytically arranged. The term is applied in a general sense to the Pandects of Justinian ( see Pandect), but is also specially given by authors to compilations of laws on particular topics; a summary of laws; as, Comyn's Digest; the United States Digest.
  22. To bear by being under; to keep from falling; to uphold; to sustain, in a literal or physical sense; to prop up; to bear the weight of; as, a pillar supports a structure; an abutment supports an arch; the trunk of a tree supports the branches.
  23. To endure without being overcome, exhausted, or changed in character; to sustain; as, to support pain, distress, or misfortunes.
  24. To keep from failing or sinking; to solace under affictive circumstances; to assist; to encourage; to defend; as, to support the courage or spirits.
  25. To assume and carry successfully, as the part of an actor; to represent or act; to sustain; as, to support the character of King Lear.
  26. To furnish with the means of sustenance or livelihood; to maintain; to provide for; as, to support a family; to support the ministers of the gospel.
  27. To carry on; to enable to continue; to maintain; as, to support a war or a contest; to support an argument or a debate.
  28. To verify; to make good; to substantiate; to establish; to sustain; as, the testimony is not sufficient to support the charges; the evidence will not support the statements or allegations.
  29. To vindicate; to maintain; to defend successfully; as, to be able to support one's own cause.
  30. To uphold by aid or countenance; to aid; to help; to back up; as, to support a friend or a party; to support the present administration.
  31. A attend as an honorary assistant; as, a chairman supported by a vice chairman; O'Connell left the prison, supported by his two sons.
  32. The act, state, or operation of supporting, upholding, or sustaining.
  33. That which upholds, sustains, or keeps from falling, as a prop, a pillar, or a foundation of any kind.
  34. That which maintains or preserves from being overcome, falling, yielding, sinking, giving way, or the like; subsistence; maintenance; assistance; reenforcement; as, he gave his family a good support, the support of national credit; the assaulting column had the support of a battery.
  35. To bear the weight of; uphold; as, columns support the roof; endure; bear; suffer; as, to support pain; to encourage; as, to support the spirits; to verify; make good; as, to support an accusation of theft; to aid, favor, or defend; as, to support a political party; carry on; as, to support a conversation; provide for; as, to support a family.
  36. The act of maintaining or upholding; that which maintains or upholds; maintenance; livelihood; aid; one who furnishes means of support, as to a family.
  37. Supporter.
  38. To bear up: to endure or sustain: to keep up as a part or character: to make good: to defend: to represent: to supply with means of living: to uphold by countenance, patronize: to follow on same side as a speaker.
  39. Act of supporting or upholding: that which supports, sustains, or maintains: maintenance.
  40. Anything that supports; prop; maintenance.
  41. To sustain; keep up; endure; defend.
  42. To bear the weight of; keep up.
  43. To provide for.
  44. To carry on.
  45. To bear or endure; tolerate.
  46. To sustain; defend; aid; nourish.
  47. The act of supporting.
  48. One who or that which supports.
  49. Subsistence; living.
  50. The act of upholding or sustaining; that which upholds; that which maintains life; maintenance; subsistence; assistance.
  51. To bear or hold up; to uphold; to sustain; to endure without being overcome; to bear; to endure; to substantiate; to vindicate; to maintain.
  52. To bear or hold up; to endure without being overcome; to sustain; to prop; to maintain; to keep from fainting or sinking; to help; to substantiate.
  53. Sustaining power; the necessaries of life; food; that which upholds a person or thing from falling or sinking; assistance; aid; help.
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Usage examples for support

  1. Even then it wouldn't have been sufficient unless we had Crotin to support you. – Jack O' Judgment by Edgar Wallace
  2. Well, time enough to talk of that; but in the meanwhile you would support yourself? – Ernest Maltravers, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  3. I shall feel as if I had lost my chief support. – Prescott of Saskatchewan by Harold Bindloss
  4. Another excuse is, that men have a family to support. – A New Atmosphere by Gail Hamilton
  5. We're supposed to be leaning on her for support. – Clover by Susan Coolidge
  6. Will you take me to your home and support me, or will that white lord marry me? – The Yellow God An Idol of Africa by H. Rider Haggard
  7. Her mother left the room, her mother, the only one from whom she might have expected support. – Sant' Ilario by F. Marion Crawford
  8. The assigned objective will be the making of adequate provision for logistics support. – Sound Military Decision by U.s. Naval War College
  9. We cannot support that. – The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay by Maurice Hewlett
  10. She leaned one hand on the table to support herself. – Jezebel's Daughter by Wilkie Collins
  11. It seemed as though, without some support of that kind, he could not stand. – Amusement Only by Richard Marsh
  12. You are a sweet support for a fellow in distress. – To Him That Hath A Novel Of The West Of Today by Ralph Connor
  13. In the very act of utterance he clung on to the rail as though he needed its support to enable him to stand. – Amusement Only by Richard Marsh
  14. He became my support, my very being. – Wives and Widows; or The Broken Life by Ann S. Stephens
  15. Jane, he said, what is our religion worth if it does not support us in times like these? – The Revolution in Tanner's Lane by Mark Rutherford
  16. Therefore the six million of Allies' soldiers have no support behind them. – The Blot on the Kaiser's 'Scutcheon by Newell Dwight Hillis
  17. If you can give it, I should like your support; I should, at least, like to tell you my reasons. – Her Infinite Variety by Brand Whitlock
  18. He is alive in the Old World, and has come to be thy comfort and support from this time forth. – The Flamingo Feather by Kirk Munroe
  19. After a while he was strong enough to crawl back to bed, leaning against the animal for support. – Bolden's Pets by F. L. Wallace
  20. They need support as well. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
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