Definition of Support

1. Noun. The activity of providing for or maintaining by supplying with money or necessities. "They gave him emotional support during difficult times"

2. Verb. Give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to. "Sam cannot support Sue "; "Her children always backed her up"

3. Verb. Support materially or financially. "The scholarship supported me when I was in college"

4. Noun. Aiding the cause or policy or interests of. "They developed a scheme of mutual support"

5. Verb. Be behind; approve of. "I backed Kennedy in 1960"
Exact synonyms: Back, Endorse, Indorse, Plump For, Plunk For
Generic synonyms: Approve, O.k., Okay, Sanction
Specialized synonyms: Guarantee, Warrant, Champion, Defend
Related verbs: Back, Endorse, Indorse, Second
Derivative terms: Backing, Endorsement, Endorsement, Endorser, Indorsement, Indorsement, Supporter, Supportive

6. Noun. Something providing immaterial assistance to a person or cause or interest. "The team enjoyed the support of their fans"
Generic synonyms: Influence
Specialized synonyms: Anchor, Backbone, Keystone, Linchpin, Lynchpin, Mainstay, Lifeline

7. Verb. Be the physical support of; carry the weight of. "What's holding that mirror?"
Exact synonyms: Hold, Hold Up, Sustain
Specialized synonyms: Scaffold, Block, Carry, Chock, Buoy, Buoy Up, Pole, Bracket, Underpin, Prop, Prop Up, Shore, Shore Up, Truss, Brace
Derivative terms: Holder, Supporter, Supporting

8. 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"
Exact synonyms: Reenforcement, Reinforcement
Generic synonyms: Military Operation, Operation
Specialized synonyms: Close Support
Category relationships: Armed Forces, Armed Services, Military, Military Machine, War Machine
Derivative terms: Reenforce, Reinforce

9. Verb. Establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts. "The evidence supports the defendant"

10. Noun. Documentary validation. "The strongest support for this view is the work of Jones"
Exact synonyms: Documentation
Generic synonyms: Proof, Substantiation, Validation
Derivative terms: Document

11. Verb. Adopt as a belief. "I subscribe to your view on abortion"
Exact synonyms: Subscribe
Generic synonyms: Agree, Concord, Concur, Hold
Entails: Approve, O.k., Okay, Sanction
Derivative terms: Subscriber

12. Noun. The financial means whereby one lives. "He could no longer earn his own livelihood"
Exact synonyms: Bread And Butter, Keep, Livelihood, Living, Sustenance
Generic synonyms: Resource
Specialized synonyms: Amenities, Comforts, Conveniences, Creature Comforts, Maintenance, Meal Ticket, Subsistence
Derivative terms: Keep, Sustain

13. Verb. Support with evidence or authority or make more certain or confirm. "The stories and claims were born out by the evidence"
Exact synonyms: Bear Out, Corroborate, Underpin
Generic synonyms: Agree, Check, Correspond, Fit, Gibe, Jibe, Match, Tally
Derivative terms: Corroboration, Corroborative, Corroboratory

14. Noun. Supporting structure that holds up or provides a foundation. "The statue stood on a marble support"

15. Verb. Argue or speak in defense of. "She supported the motion to strike"
Exact synonyms: Defend, Fend For
Generic synonyms: Argue, Reason
Specialized synonyms: Apologise, Apologize, Excuse, Justify, Rationalise, Rationalize, Stand Up, Stick Up, Uphold
Derivative terms: Defence, Defender, Supporter, Supporter, Supportive

16. Noun. The act of bearing the weight of or strengthening. "He leaned against the wall for support"
Exact synonyms: Supporting
Generic synonyms: Activity
Specialized synonyms: Propping Up, Shoring, Shoring Up, Dangling, Hanging, Suspension

17. Verb. Play a subordinate role to (another performer). "Olivier supported Gielgud beautifully in the second act"
Category relationships: Dramatic Art, Dramatics, Dramaturgy, Theater, Theatre
Generic synonyms: Act, Play, Represent

18. Noun. A musical part (vocal or instrumental) that supports or provides background for other musical parts.
Exact synonyms: Accompaniment, Backup, Musical Accompaniment
Generic synonyms: Part, Voice
Specialized synonyms: Descant, Discant, Vamp
Derivative terms: Accompany

19. Verb. Be a regular customer or client of. "Our sponsor kept our art studio going for as long as he could"
Exact synonyms: Keep Going, Patronage, Patronise, Patronize
Generic synonyms: Foster, Nurture
Related verbs: Keep Going, Run On
Derivative terms: Patronage, Patronage, Patron, Patron, Supporter

20. Noun. Any device that bears the weight of another thing. "There was no place to attach supports for a shelf"

21. Noun. Financial resources provided to make some project possible. "The foundation provided support for the experiment"
Exact synonyms: Backing, Financial Backing, Financial Support, Funding
Generic synonyms: Resource
Derivative terms: Back, Fund

22. Verb. Put up with something or somebody unpleasant. "Sam cannot support Sue "; "She stuck out two years in a miserable marriage"

Definition of Support

1. v. t. 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. n. The act, state, or operation of supporting, upholding, or sustaining.

Definition of Support

1. Noun. Something which supports. Often used attributively, as a complement or supplement to. ¹

2. Noun. Financial or other help. ¹

3. Noun. Answers to questions and resolution of problems regarding something sold. ¹

4. Noun. (mathematics) in relation to a function, the set of points where the function is not zero, or the closure of that set. ¹

5. Noun. (context: fuzzy set theory) 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). ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To keep from falling. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) To answer questions and resolve problems regarding something sold. ¹

8. Verb. (transitive) To back a cause, party etc. mentally or with concrete aid. ¹

9. Verb. (transitive) To help, particularly financially. ¹

10. Verb. (transitive) To serve, as in a customer-oriented mindset; to give support to. ¹

11. Verb. (transitive) To be accountable for, or involved with, but not responsible for. ¹

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Definition of Support

1. to hold up or add strength to [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Support

supply closet
supply depot
supply depots
supply line
supply lines
supply officer
supply route
supply ship
supply side
supply teacher
supply teachers
support (current term)
support column
support dog
support force
support group
support groups
support hose
support level
support payment
support stocking
support system

Literary usage of Support

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Phi Delta Kappan by Phi Delta Kappa (1912)
"If the basic support of education is removed, however, our civilization must ... Anyone who is doubtful about the effect of public school support upon the ..."

2. Environmental Performance Reviews by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. Committee on Environmental Policy (2006)
"Box 5.3 Three federal funds to support environmental investments The Water Management Fund was founded in 1948 to help finance municipal water supply ..."

3. Oecd Economic Surveys by OECD Economic Surveys (2005)
"But the bulk of fiscal incentives comes from direct government support through a ... Access to government support is granted through public tenders. ..."

4. A Risk Reduction Strategy for Human Exploration of Space: A Review of NASA's by David E. Longnecker, Ricardo A. Molins (2006)
"THE CASE OF ADVANCED HUMAN LIFE support The engineering and system technology risks ... Advanced human life support comprises food and life support systems, ..."

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