Definition of "support" []

  • To bear the weight of, especially from below. (verb-transitive)
  • To hold in position so as to keep from falling, sinking, or slipping. (verb-transitive)
  • To be capable of bearing; withstand: "His flaw'd heart . . . too weak the conflict to support” ( Shakespeare). (verb-transitive)
  • To keep from weakening or failing; strengthen: The letter supported him in his grief. (verb-transitive)
  • To provide for or maintain, by supplying with money or necessities. (verb-transitive)
  • To carry the weight of (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To bear or withstand (pressure, weight, etc) (verb)
  • To provide the necessities of life for (a family, person, etc) (verb)
  • To tend to establish (a theory, statement, etc) by providing new facts; substantiate (verb)
  • To speak in favour of (a motion) (verb)
  • To give aid or courage to (verb)
  • To give approval to (a cause, principle, etc); subscribe to (verb)
  • To endure with forbearance (verb)
  • To give strength to; maintain (verb)
  • (in a concert) to perform earlier than (the main attraction) (verb)
  • To play a subordinate role to (verb)
  • To accompany (the feature) in a film programme (verb)
  • To act or perform (a role or character) (verb)
  • The act of supporting or the condition of being supported (noun)
  • A thing that bears the weight or part of the weight of a construction (noun)
  • A person who or thing that furnishes aid (noun)
  • The means of maintenance of a family, person, etc (noun)
  • A band or entertainer not topping the bill (noun)
  • An appliance worn to ease the strain on an injured bodily structure or part (noun)
  • The solid material on which a painting is executed, such as canvas (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "support" in a sentence
  • "Approximately one in every two (52%) adults say they would support increasing NASA‚Äôs budget from¬† one-sixth of one percent to one percent of the federal budget (14% strongly support and 38% support¬† this)."
  • "Then one after another, amid rising enthusiasm; Ukrainean Social Democracy, support; Lithuanian Social Democracy, support; Populist Socialists, support; Polish Social Democracy, support; Polish Socialists support—but would prefer a Socialist coalition; Lettish Social Democracy, support…."
  • "Here, they're all playing nicely at moguldom and at mentoring, professing a commitment to nurturing talent and using the term "support system" in a way that splits the difference between the jargon of self-help and the language of networking."