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Definitions of support

  1. a subordinate musical part; provides background for more important parts
  2. support with evidence or authority : make more certain or confirm; " The stories and claims were born out by the evidence"
  3. 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"
  4. argue or speak in defense of; " She supported the motion to strike"
  5. documentary validation; " his documentation of the results was excellent"; " the strongest support for this this view is the work of Jones"
  6. be behind; approve of; " He plumped for the Labor Party"; " I backed Kennedy in 1960"
  7. 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?"
  8. be a regular customer or client of; " We patronize this store"; " Our sponsor kept our art studio going for as long as he could"
  9. 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"
  10. adopt as a belief; " I subscribe to your view on abortion"
  11. 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"
  12. the act of bearing the weight of or strengthening; " he leaned against the wall for support"
  13. 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"
  14. any device that bears the weight of another thing; " there was no place to attach supports for a shelf"
  15. supporting structure that holds up or provides a foundation; " the statue stood on a marble support"
  16. 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"
  17. play a subordinate role to ( another performer); " Olivier supported Gielgud beautifully in the second act"
  18. support with evidence or authority or make more certain or confirm; " The stories and claims were born out by the evidence"
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. To endure without being overcome, exhausted, or changed in character; to sustain; as, to support pain, distress, or misfortunes.
  22. To keep from failing or sinking; to solace under affictive circumstances; to assist; to encourage; to defend; as, to support the courage or spirits.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. To carry on; to enable to continue; to maintain; as, to support a war or a contest; to support an argument or a debate.
  26. 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.
  27. To vindicate; to maintain; to defend successfully; as, to be able to support one's own cause.
  28. 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.
  29. A attend as an honorary assistant; as, a chairman supported by a vice chairman; O'Connell left the prison, supported by his two sons.
  30. The act, state, or operation of supporting, upholding, or sustaining.
  31. That which upholds, sustains, or keeps from falling, as a prop, a pillar, or a foundation of any kind.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. The act of maintaining or upholding; that which maintains or upholds; maintenance; livelihood; aid; one who furnishes means of support, as to a family.
  35. Supporter.
  36. 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.
  37. Act of supporting or upholding: that which supports, sustains, or maintains: maintenance.
  38. Anything that supports; prop; maintenance.
  39. To sustain; keep up; endure; defend.
  40. To bear the weight of; keep up.
  41. To provide for.
  42. To carry on.
  43. To bear or endure; tolerate.
  44. To sustain; defend; aid; nourish.
  45. The act of supporting.
  46. One who or that which supports.
  47. Subsistence; living.
  48. The act of upholding or sustaining; that which upholds; that which maintains life; maintenance; subsistence; assistance.
  49. To bear or hold up; to uphold; to sustain; to endure without being overcome; to bear; to endure; to substantiate; to vindicate; to maintain.
  50. 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. We cannot support that. – The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay by Maurice Hewlett
  2. Her mother left the room, her mother, the only one from whom she might have expected support. – Sant' Ilario by F. Marion Crawford
  3. She leaned one hand on the table to support herself. – Jezebel's Daughter by Wilkie Collins
  4. Another excuse is, that men have a family to support. – A New Atmosphere by Gail Hamilton
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Well, time enough to talk of that; but in the meanwhile you would support yourself? – Ernest Maltravers, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  8. 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
  9. Therefore the six million of Allies' soldiers have no support behind them. – The Blot on the Kaiser's 'Scutcheon by Newell Dwight Hillis
  10. Even then it wouldn't have been sufficient unless we had Crotin to support you. – Jack O' Judgment by Edgar Wallace
  11. 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
  12. I shall feel as if I had lost my chief support. – Prescott of Saskatchewan by Harold Bindloss
  13. 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
  14. You are a sweet support for a fellow in distress. – To Him That Hath A Novel Of The West Of Today by Ralph Connor
  15. We're supposed to be leaning on her for support. – Clover by Susan Coolidge
  16. They need support as well. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
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