What is the meaning of support?


  • The activity of providing for or maintaining by supplying with money or necessities.
    • usage: "his support kept the family together"; "they gave him emotional support during difficult times"
  • Aiding the cause or policy or interests of.
    • usage: "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.
    • usage: "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.
    • usage: "they called for artillery support"
  • Documentary validation.
    • usage: "his documentation of the results was excellent"; "the strongest support for this view is the work of Jones"
  • The financial means whereby one lives.
    • usage: "each child was expected to pay for their keep"; "he applied to the state for support"; "he could no longer earn his own livelihood"
  • Supporting structure that holds up or provides a foundation.
    • usage: "the statue stood on a marble support"
  • The act of bearing the weight of or strengthening.
    • usage: "he leaned against the wall for support"
  • A musical part (vocal or instrumental) that supports or provides background for other musical parts.
  • Any device that bears the weight of another thing.
    • usage: "there was no place to attach supports for a shelf"
  • Financial resources provided to make some project possible.
    • usage: "the foundation provided support for the experiment"


  • Give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to.
    • usage: "She supported him during the illness"; "Her children always backed her up"
  • Support materially or financially.
    • usage: "he does not support his natural children"; "The scholarship supported me when I was in college"
  • Be behind; approve of.
    • usage: "He plumped for the Labor Party"; "I backed Kennedy in 1960"
  • Be the physical support of; carry the weight of.
    • usage: "The beam holds up the roof"; "He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam"; "What's holding that mirror"
  • Establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts.
    • usage: "his story confirmed my doubts"; "The evidence supports the defendant"
  • Adopt as a belief.
    • usage: "I subscribe to your view on abortion"
  • Support with evidence or authority or make more certain or confirm.
    • usage: "The stories and claims were born out by the evidence"
  • Argue or speak in defense of.
    • usage: "She supported the motion to strike"
  • Play a subordinate role to (another performer. )
    • usage: "Olivier supported Gielgud beautifully in the second act"
  • Be a regular customer or client of.
    • usage: "We patronize this store"; "Our sponsor kept our art studio going for as long as he could"
  • Put up with something or somebody unpleasant.
    • usage: "I cannot bear his constant criticism"; "The new secretary had to endure a lot of unprofessional remarks"; "he learned to tolerate the heat"; "She stuck out two years in a miserable marriage"
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APAWordNet. (2010). support. Retrieved April 22, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/support/definitions/1192879
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "support" http://smartdefine.org/support/definitions/1192879 (accessed April 22, 2019).
HarvardWordNet 2010, support, Smart Define, viewed 22 April, 2019, <http://smartdefine.org/support/definitions/1192879>.
MLAWordNet. "support" 23 October 2010. Web. 22 April 2019. <http://smartdefine.org/support/definitions/1192879>
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