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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)

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.

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."