Definitions for supportsəˈpɔrt, -ˈpoʊrt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sup•portsəˈpɔrt, -ˈpoʊrt(v.t.)

  1. to bear or hold up (a load, mass, structure, part, etc.).

  2. to sustain or withstand (weight, pressure, strain, etc.) without giving way.

  3. to maintain (a person, family, institution, etc.) with the necessities of existence; provide for.

  4. to sustain (a person, the spirits, etc.) under trial or affliction.

  5. to uphold or advocate (a person, cause, principle, etc.); back.

  6. to corroborate (a statement, opinion, etc.).

  7. to undergo or endure, esp. patiently; tolerate.

  8. to perform with (a leading actor or performer) in a secondary role.

    Category: Showbiz

  9. (n.)an act or instance of supporting.

  10. the state of being supported.

  11. something that serves as a foundation, prop, brace, or stay.

  12. maintenance, as of a person or family, with necessaries, means, or funds.

  13. a person or thing that supports, esp. financially.

  14. assistance and service provided by a manufacturer, vendor, etc., to customers, esp. over the phone:

    Many software companies have hotlines for tech support.

    Category: Business, Computers

  15. backup or assistance in combat.

    Category: Military

  16. (adj.)(of hosiery) made with elasticized fibers that exert a degree of tension on the legs, thereby aiding circulation, relieving fatigue, etc.

    Category: Clothing

Origin of support:

1350–1400; < MF supporter < ML supportāre to endure (L: to convey) =sup-sup - +portāre to carry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. support(noun)

    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"

  2. support(noun)

    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"

  3. support(noun)

    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"

  4. support, reinforcement, reenforcement(noun)

    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"

  5. documentation, support(noun)

    documentary validation

    "his documentation of the results was excellent"; "the strongest support for this view is the work of Jones"

  6. support, keep, livelihood, living, bread and butter, sustenance(noun)

    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"

  7. support(noun)

    supporting structure that holds up or provides a foundation

    "the statue stood on a marble support"

  8. support, supporting(noun)

    the act of bearing the weight of or strengthening

    "he leaned against the wall for support"

  9. accompaniment, musical accompaniment, backup, support(noun)

    a musical part (vocal or instrumental) that supports or provides background for other musical parts

  10. support(noun)

    any device that bears the weight of another thing

    "there was no place to attach supports for a shelf"

  11. support, financial support, funding, backing, financial backing(verb)

    financial resources provided to make some project possible

    "the foundation provided support for the experiment"

  12. support, back up(verb)

    give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to

    "She supported him during the illness"; "Her children always backed her up"

  13. support(verb)

    support materially or financially

    "he does not support his natural children"; "The scholarship supported me when I was in college"

  14. back, endorse, indorse, plump for, plunk for, support(verb)

    be behind; approve of

    "He plumped for the Labor Party"; "I backed Kennedy in 1960"

  15. hold, support, sustain, hold up(verb)

    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?"

  16. confirm, corroborate, sustain, substantiate, support, affirm(verb)

    establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts

    "his story confirmed my doubts"; "The evidence supports the defendant"

  17. subscribe, support(verb)

    adopt as a belief

    "I subscribe to your view on abortion"

  18. corroborate, underpin, bear out, support(verb)

    support with evidence or authority or make more certain or confirm

    "The stories and claims were born out by the evidence"

  19. defend, support, fend for(verb)

    argue or speak in defense of

    "She supported the motion to strike"

  20. support(verb)

    play a subordinate role to (another performer)

    "Olivier supported Gielgud beautifully in the second act"

  21. patronize, patronise, patronage, support, keep going(verb)

    be a regular customer or client of

    "We patronize this store"; "Our sponsor kept our art studio going for as long as he could"

  22. digest, endure, stick out, stomach, bear, stand, tolerate, support, brook, abide, suffer, put up(verb)

    put up with something or somebody unpleasant

    "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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. support(verb)əˈpɔrt, -ˈpoʊrt

    to believe sb or sth is good or right, and be willing to help them succeed

    I do not support the president's plan to change the existing law.; No one supports the chairman on this issue.

  2. supportəˈpɔrt, -ˈpoʊrt

    to hold sth up so it does not fall down

    four poles that support the roof

  3. supportəˈpɔrt, -ˈpoʊrt

    to pay for sb or look after sb

    At the age of 25 he should be able to support himself.; an organization that offers support to people with long-term illnesses FRE est-ce normal d'avoir le nom et non le verbe ?

  4. supportəˈpɔrt, -ˈpoʊrt

    to prove sth is true

    evidence to support the claim

  5. supportəˈpɔrt, -ˈpoʊrt

    to be a fan of a sports team

    I support Leeds.

  6. support(noun)əˈpɔrt, -ˈpoʊrt

    the belief that sth is good or right, and a willingness to help them succeed

    public support for the government's plans; Can I count on your support at the meeting?; a speech in support of gay marriage

  7. supportəˈpɔrt, -ˈpoʊrt

    care or help for sb

    support for people with learning disabilities; a victim support group

  8. supportəˈpɔrt, -ˈpoʊrt

    an object that holds sth up so that it does not fall

    supports for the roof

Wiktionary

  1. support(Noun)

    Something which supports. Often used attributively, as a complement or supplement to.

  2. support(Noun)

    Financial or other help.

    The government provides support to the arts in several ways.

  3. support(Noun)

    Answers to questions and resolution of problems regarding something sold.

    Sure they sell the product, but do they provide support?

  4. support(Noun)

    in relation to a function, the set of points where the function is not zero, or the closure of that set.

  5. support(Noun)

    A set whose elements are at least partially included in a given fuzzy set (i.e., whose grade of membership in that fuzzy set is strictly greater than zero).

    If the membership function of a fuzzy set is continuous, then that fuzzy set's support is an open set.

  6. support(Verb)

    To keep from falling.

    Donu2019t move that beam! It supports the whole platform.

  7. support(Verb)

    To answer questions and resolve problems regarding something sold.

    Sure they sell the product, but do they support it?

  8. support(Verb)

    To back a cause, party etc. mentally or with concrete aid.

    I support France in the World Cup

  9. support(Verb)

    To help, particularly financially.

    The government supports the arts in several ways.

  10. support(Verb)

    To serve, as in a customer-oriented mindset

    The IT Department supports the research organization, but not the sales force.

  11. support(Verb)

    To be accountable for, or involved with, but not responsible for.

    I support the administrative activities of the executive branch of the organization

  12. support(Verb)

    To imply a service role.

    I don't make decisions, I just support those who do.

  13. Origin: From supporter.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Support(verb)

    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

  2. Support(verb)

    to endure without being overcome, exhausted, or changed in character; to sustain; as, to support pain, distress, or misfortunes

  3. Support(verb)

    to keep from failing or sinking; to solace under affictive circumstances; to assist; to encourage; to defend; as, to support the courage or spirits

  4. Support(verb)

    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

  5. Support(verb)

    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

  6. Support(verb)

    to carry on; to enable to continue; to maintain; as, to support a war or a contest; to support an argument or a debate

  7. Support(verb)

    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

  8. Support(verb)

    to vindicate; to maintain; to defend successfully; as, to be able to support one's own cause

  9. Support(verb)

    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

  10. Support(verb)

    a attend as an honorary assistant; as, a chairman supported by a vice chairman; O'Connell left the prison, supported by his two sons

  11. Support(noun)

    the act, state, or operation of supporting, upholding, or sustaining

  12. Support(noun)

    that which upholds, sustains, or keeps from falling, as a prop, a pillar, or a foundation of any kind

  13. Support(noun)

    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

Freebase

  1. Support

    In mathematics, the support of a function is the set of points where the function is not zero-valued, and the closure of that set. This concept is used very widely in mathematical analysis. In the form of functions with support that is bounded, it also plays a major part in various types of mathematical duality theories.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. support

    After-sale handholding; something many software vendors promise but few deliver. To hackers, most support people are useless — because by the time a hacker calls support he or she will usually know the software and the relevant manuals better than the support people (sadly, this is not a joke or exaggeration). A hacker's idea of ‘support’ is a têete-à-têete with the software's designer.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. support

    1. The action of a force that aids, protects, complements, or sustains another force in accordance with a directive requiring such action. 2. A unit that helps another unit in battle. 3. An element of a command that assists, protects, or supplies other forces in combat. See also close support; direct support; general support; interdepartmental or agency support; international logistic support; inter-Service support; mutual support.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'support' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #449

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'support' in Written Corpus Frequency: #788

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'support' in Nouns Frequency: #173

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'support' in Verbs Frequency: #125


Translations for support

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

support(noun)

the act of supporting or state of being supported

That type of shoe doesn't give the foot much support; The plan was cancelled because of lack of support; Her job is the family's only means of support; I would like to say a word or two in support of his proposal.

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