Definitions of support

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. To sustain; keep up; endure; defend.
  4. To bear the weight of; keep up.
  5. To provide for.
  6. To carry on.
  7. To bear or endure; tolerate.
  8. To sustain; defend; aid; nourish.
  9. support with evidence or authority : make more certain or confirm; " The stories and claims were born out by the evidence"
  10. argue or speak in defense of; " She supported the motion to strike"
  11. be behind; approve of; " He plumped for the Labor Party"; " I backed Kennedy in 1960"
  12. adopt as a belief; " I subscribe to your view on abortion"
  13. To bear or hold up; to uphold; to sustain; to endure without being overcome; to bear; to endure; to substantiate; to vindicate; to maintain.
  14. documentary validation; " his documentation of the results was excellent"; " the strongest support for this this view is the work of Jones"
  15. 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"
  16. 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"
  17. any device that bears the weight of another thing; " there was no place to attach supports for a shelf"
  18. supporting structure that holds up or provides a foundation; " the statue stood on a marble support"
  19. 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"
  20. play a subordinate role to ( another performer); " Olivier supported Gielgud beautifully in the second act"
  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. The act of maintaining or upholding; that which maintains or upholds; maintenance; livelihood; aid; one who furnishes means of support, as to a family.
  36. Supporter.
  37. Act of supporting or upholding: that which supports, sustains, or maintains: maintenance.
  38. Anything that supports; prop; maintenance.
  39. The act of supporting.
  40. One who or that which supports.
  41. Subsistence; living.
  42. The act of upholding or sustaining; that which upholds; that which maintains life; maintenance; subsistence; assistance.
  43. 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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