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verb [with object]
1bear all or part of the weight of; hold up:the dome was supported by a hundred white columns produce enough food and water for; be capable of sustaining:the land had lost its capacity to support life be capable of fulfilling (a role) adequately:tutors gain practical experience that helps them support their tutoring role endure; tolerate:at work during the day I could support the grief 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 sector provide with a home and the necessities of life:my main concern was to support my family give approval, comfort, or encouragement to:I like to visit her to support her the proposal was supported by many delegates suggest the truth of; corroborate:the studies support our findings be actively interested in and concerned for the success of (a particular sports team).
(as adjective supporting
) (of an actor or a role) important in a play or film but subordinate to the leading parts.
(of a pop or rock group or performer) function as a secondary act to (another) at a concert. 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 standard
1a thing that bears the weight of something or keeps it upright:the best support for a camera is a tripod the action or state of bearing the weight of something or someone or of being so supported:she clutched the sideboard for support 2material assistance:he urged that military support be sent to protect humanitarian convoys [as modifier]:support staff comfort and emotional help offered to someone in distress:she’s been through a bad time and needs our support approval and encouragement:the policies of reform enjoy widespread support a secondary act at a pop or rock concert. technical help given to the user of a computer or other product.
Remember that support
and the related word supporter
are spelled with a double p