What does support mean?

Definitions for support
səˈpɔrt, -ˈpoʊrtsup·port

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word support.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. supportnoun

    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. supportnoun

    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. supportnoun

    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, reenforcementnoun

    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, supportnoun

    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, sustenancenoun

    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. supportnoun

    supporting structure that holds up or provides a foundation

    "the statue stood on a marble support"

  8. support, supportingnoun

    the act of bearing the weight of or strengthening

    "he leaned against the wall for support"

  9. accompaniment, musical accompaniment, backup, supportnoun

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

  10. supportnoun

    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 backingverb

    financial resources provided to make some project possible

    "the foundation provided support for the experiment"

  12. support, back upverb

    give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to

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

  13. supportverb

    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, supportverb

    be behind; approve of

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

  15. hold, support, sustain, hold upverb

    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, affirmverb

    establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts

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

  17. subscribe, supportverb

    adopt as a belief

    "I subscribe to your view on abortion"

  18. corroborate, underpin, bear out, supportverb

    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 forverb

    argue or speak in defense of

    "She supported the motion to strike"

  20. supportverb

    play a subordinate role to (another performer)

    "Olivier supported Gielgud beautifully in the second act"

  21. patronize, patronise, patronage, support, keep goingverb

    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 upverb

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. supportnoun

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

    Etymology: From supporter.

  2. supportnoun

    Financial or other help.

    The government provides support to the arts in several ways.

    Etymology: From supporter.

  3. supportnoun

    Answers to questions and resolution of problems regarding something sold.

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

    Etymology: From supporter.

  4. supportnoun

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

    Etymology: From supporter.

  5. supportnoun

    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.

    Etymology: From supporter.

  6. supportverb

    To keep from falling.

    Don't move that beam! It supports the whole platform.

    Etymology: From supporter.

  7. supportverb

    To answer questions and resolve problems regarding something sold.

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

    Etymology: From supporter.

  8. supportverb

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

    I support France in the World Cup

    Etymology: From supporter.

  9. supportverb

    To help, particularly financially.

    The government supports the arts in several ways.

    Etymology: From supporter.

  10. supportverb

    To serve, as in a customer-oriented mindset

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

    Etymology: From supporter.

  11. supportverb

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

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

    Etymology: From supporter.

  12. supportverb

    To imply a service role.

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

    Etymology: From supporter.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Supportverb

    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. Supportverb

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

  3. Supportverb

    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. Supportverb

    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. Supportverb

    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. Supportverb

    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. Supportverb

    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. Supportverb

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

  9. Supportverb

    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. Supportverb

    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. Supportnoun

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

  12. Supportnoun

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

  13. Supportnoun

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Support

    sup-pōrt′, v.t. to bear up: to endure or sustain: to keep up as a part or character: to make good: to defend: to represent in acting: to supply with means of living: to uphold by countenance, patronise: to follow on the same side as a speaker.—n. act of supporting or upholding: that which supports, sustains, or maintains: maintenance: an actor playing a subordinate part with a star: an accompaniment in music.—adj. Support′able, capable of being supported: endurable: capable of being maintained.—n. Support′ableness.—adv. Support′ably.—ns. Support′ance (Shak.), support; Support′er, one who, or that which, supports: an adherent: a defender: (her.) a figure on each side of the escutcheon.—adjs. Support′ing, Support′ive.—n.fem. Support′ress. [L. supportāresub, up, portāre, to bear.]

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.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. support

    To aid, to assist; it likewise signifies to preserve untarnished; as, to support the ancient character of a corps. Well supported, is well aided or assisted. It likewise signifies well kept up; as, a well supported fire from the batteries; a well supported fire of musketry.

Editors Contribution

  1. support

    A type of structure created to secure.

    They have a support over the top of the lorry to keep the contents secure.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 10, 2020  
  2. support

    To intuitively provide what is just and fair.

    The workplace support was excellent and everyone agrees we are united.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 12, 2020  

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of support in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of support in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of support in a Sentence

  1. Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau:

    We have a 90% approval rating for our police department here. We support them across the board, we hire the best people, and we hold them accountable. We take every complaint seriously. So, we make them better, and if someone doesn't belong on the job, you’re not here. We engage with our residents and businesses to make them part of the solution.

  2. Sipho P Nkosi:

    Believe less in words, but support action.

  3. Rachel Chamberlin:

    In the past, we didn’t have the vaccine, so it was us all hands together, all the support. But that support has kind of dwindled from the community, and people seem to be moving on without us.

  4. Roger Kornberg:

    The multiple crises facing our country, including one of misinformation, requires a leader with profound admiration for science and truth, i support Joe Biden's pro-science agenda and sensible approach to public health decisions. A true leader who will face the truth and be honest with the American people.

  5. Nancy Pelosi:

    This is a missed opportunity to pass full-year funding bills now, however, Democrats will be ready to fully, responsibly fund our government in January, and we will support this continuing resolution.

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Translations for support

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  • دعم, الدعمArabic
  • подкрепаBulgarian
  • recolzar, sostenirCatalan, Valencian
  • podporovat, podpora, podpěra, podpíratCzech
  • støtteDanish
  • Unterstützung, stützen, Support bieten, Träger, unterstützen, StützeGerman
  • ενισχύω, υποστήριξηGreek
  • subteni, subtenoEsperanto
  • sostener, apoyo, apuntalar, apoyar, respaldo, respaldar, soporteSpanish
  • tugi, abiEstonian
  • پشتیبانی, حمایتPersian
  • tuki, tukea, sulkeuma, kantaja, kannattaaFinnish
  • soutien, soutenirFrench
  • stipeWestern Frisian
  • iompair, gabháilIrish
  • taic, seasScottish Gaelic
  • תומךHebrew
  • सहारा, समर्थनHindi
  • támasz, támogat, segítség, alátámaszt, segély, pártfogol, támaszt, támogatás, eltartHungarian
  • mendukungIndonesian
  • suporto, apogarIdo
  • supporto, supportareItalian
  • תמיכהHebrew
  • 維持, 対応する, 扶養, 援助, 支える, 援助する, 支持する, 養う, 支援する, 支え, 支持, 支援Japanese
  • 지원하다Korean
  • firmāmentumLatin
  • tautīnei, tautītī, tautokoMāori
  • steunen, ondersteuning, bijstand, ondersteunen, advies, hulp, steunDutch
  • bistand, støtteNorwegian
  • wspierać, podpora, kibicować, wsparcie, wspornik, popierać, pomoc, nośnikPolish
  • financiar, apoio, apoiar, suporte, [[dar]] [[suporte]]Portuguese
  • sprijini, sprijin, suport, propti, sprijinire, susține, suporturiRomanian
  • поддержать, поддержка, поддерживать, опораRussian
  • подршка, ùporīšte, podrška, pȍtpōranj, pȍtpora, òslonacSerbo-Croatian
  • stöd, bära upp, support, stötta, stödjaSwedish
  • అండ, మద్దతుTelugu
  • destek, desteklemek, çözüm, destek olmakTurkish
  • حمایتUrdu
  • subzidiaedje, subzideWalloon
  • 支持Chinese

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