- 1Bear all or part of the weight of; hold up: the dome was supported by a hundred white columnsMore example sentences
- The sixty-three-ton dome was also supported by reinforced braces.
- A structural, or load bearing, brick wall is a wall in which brick supports the weight of the structure.
- It is the frame that supports the weight of the prop and the child actor, distributing it across the body of the bearer.
- 1.1Produce enough food and water for; be capable of sustaining: the land had lost its capacity to support lifeMore example sentences
- After all, a river that can hold huge carp and catfish should, in theory, have enough food to support some big barbel.
- Fed by upland streams, its brackish waters supported a wide variety of life.
- This could signal that Mars, a dry and cold planet, was once an environment friendly enough to support life.
- 1.3Endure; tolerate: at work during the day I could support the griefMore example sentences
- Grief can be supported and facilitated, and depression can be treated.
- 2Give assistance to, especially financially; enable to function or act: the government gives $2.5 billion a year to support the activities of the voluntary sectorMore example sentences
- These people are supported financially and given all assistance to be self-sufficient in our community and this cost a lot of money.
- He's in love with her but is too much of a coward to leave Vanessa, who supports him financially.
- One of the ways liberals hope to regain that ground is by following the conservative model of running and financially supporting candidates in local races.
- 2.1Provide with a home and the necessities of life: my main concern was to support my familyMore example sentences
- Men were dedicated to providing for and supporting their family and raising noteworthy children.
- Other countries have been perhaps more successful at striking a balance between economic necessities and supporting the family.
- All my life they have supported me and provided all the necessary things.
- 2.2Give approval, comfort, or encouragement to: I like to visit her to support her the proposal was supported by many delegatesMore example sentences
- Your spouse is there to comfort and support you so depend on him or her a little.
- We will do our best to comfort and support them in every way while you do your duty.
- Your loving partner supports you through troubled waters.
- 2.3Suggest the truth of; corroborate: the studies support our findingsMore example sentences
- This study supports several researchers who suggest using the neutral zone and no-touch technique to reduce the risk of injuries during surgical procedures.
- The data presented in the study supports this suggestion.
- These suggestions are indirectly supported by spinal microdialysis study.
- 2.4Be actively interested in and concerned for the success of (a particular sports team).More example sentences
- The degree to which an alum or member goes out and actively supports the team or association is an important measure of active loyalty.
- Win or lose, we're always there, supporting the team.
- I've always supported the Indian team whenever they are here.
- 2.5 (as adjective supporting) (Of an actor or a role) important in a play or film but subordinate to the leading parts.More example sentences
- Now she knows what she wants, her career has become secondary - thus her choice of supporting roles in ensemble films such as Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve and Full Frontal.
- He will soon be cast as a supporting actor in a film.
- Why do they have supporting actor categories for film, but not for television?
- 3 Computing (Of a computer or operating system) allow the use or operation of (a program, language, or device): the new versions do not support the graphical user interface standardMore example sentences
- The thing doesn't support Hyper-Threading in its current BIOS version.
- All Intel chipsets supporting 533MHz system bus do support Hyper-Threading.
- What's interesting about this is that the 3.06GHz Pentium 4 was the first P4 to officially support Hyper-Threading.
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- 1A thing that bears the weight of something or keeps it upright: the best support for a camera is a tripodMore example sentences
- Officers called to the scene found the old-style red cast iron phone kiosk in smithereens with just the four corner upright supports still standing.
- The functional requirements of a toast-rack are far less stringent, and this is one of a series of designs in which Dresser plays with different geometrical possibilities for creating a row of upright supports.
- If it's a small target, like the upright supports of a bridge or the mouth of a cave, you need a bomb that will land within ten feet of where you aim it.
- 1.1The action or state of bearing the weight of something or someone or of being so supported: she clutched the sideboard for supportMore example sentences
- He was leaning on the back of the sofa for support and wearing a satisfied smirk.
- Sheila found herself clutching the sideboard for support as a surge of vertigo threatened to overcome her.
- He seems none the worse for wear, despite momentarily leaning on his scythe for support.
- 2Material assistance: he urged that military support be sent to protect humanitarian convoys [as modifier]: support staffMore example sentences
maintenance, keep, sustenance, subsistence; alimonycontributions, backing, donations, money, subsidy, funding, funds, finance, capitalbacking, help, assistance, aid, endorsement, approval; votes, patronageespousal, defense, recommendation
- She said positions at risk were mainly those of support staff and teaching assistants.
- As a result, it is short of sufficient financial and material support to develop any further.
- They have no back up system, no organisation to which they can turn to for support and financial assistance.
- 2.1Comfort and emotional help offered to someone in distress: she’s been through a bad time and needs our supportMore example sentences
- Finally, I have contacted colleagues who were only too happy to give their support for this letter.
- The council said it had received 444 objections and seven letters of support for the application.
- He needs to do so to affirm popular and Congressional support for an arduous campaign.
- 2.2Approval and encouragement: the policies of reform enjoy widespread supportMore example sentences
- Health professionals can help men identify these supports and encourage them to reach out, suggests Courtenay.
- It is evident that the father has no substantial supports.
- We are learning something about the range of supports offered to fathers in Early Head Start programs.
- 2.3A secondary act at a pop or rock concert.More example sentences
- Once the record was out, we started to do gigs as a support act to bands like A Certain Ratio and Inspiral Carpets.
- Roger hopes to arrange for local rock bands to play support during each Keighley concert.
- At least normally when the support band's dull you can chat or go to the bar.
- 2.4Technical help given to the user of a computer or other product.More example sentences
- In the area of technical helpdesk support, Fraser is also looking to win up to four new clients each year.
- It will be responsible for desktops, mail systems, network, intranet and website support.
- My main objection regarding Microsoft's whole licensing scheme is the lack of decent home user support.
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- Giving assistance to: air operations in support of the land forcesMore example sentences
- Its role was to provide simple communications centres in the field in support of air operations.
- The helicopter had been flying in support of military operations in al-Anbar province.
- It happened as the chopper was flying in support of security operations outside of the city of Ramadi.
- Showing approval of: the paper printed many letters in support of the governmentMore example sentences
- Feel free to send us letters and e-mails in support of the cause and we'll make sure we forward them to the Hall.
- So far, she has received over 3,100 letters in support of her campaign and has publicised it widely on radio and through the press.
- All council workers will also be written to, asking them to write individual letters to their MPs in support of Metrolink.
- Attempting to promote or obtain: a strike in support of an 8.5% pay raiseMore example sentences
- Local government workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland voted to strike in support of a six-per-cent pay claim.
- They have been barred from taking strike action in support of political, social and environmental causes.
- The strike and protests are in support of a wage increase and the ongoing stalemate over fresh presidential elections.
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- It's a fantastic opportunity for us to look at and learn about the aircraft's supportability and employability, certainly in hot conditions, and in humid conditions a long way from base.
- The reliability, maintainability, and supportability of systems, along with improved munitions, fuel efficiencies, and vehicle-produced potable water, are crucial to having a right-sized sustainment footprint.
- This article advocates that an afloat option has sufficient merit across the spectrum of readiness, responsiveness, supportability, and cost to make it the better choice over the land-basing strategy.
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- The advice will probably be reasonably logical, supportable, and hard to dispute.
- The court said that although the government's effort to crack down on the evasion of active duty is supportable, the four defendants cannot be punished under the current law.
- All these things look well reasoned and supportable when doing the analysis.
Middle English (originally in the sense 'tolerate, put up with'): from Old French supporter, from Latin supportare, from sub- 'from below' + portare 'carry'.