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American English: /səˈpɔrt/
British English: /səˈpɔːt/

Translation of support in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (hold up)
    the roof is supported by six columns
    el tejado descansa sobre or se apoya en seis columnas
    the chair couldn't support his weight
    la silla no pudo aguantar or resistir su peso
    she had to support herself on a chair
    tuvo que apoyarse en una silla
    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.
    1.2 (Economics, Finance)
    a move to support the dollar
    una medida para mantener la cotización del dólar or para proteger el dólar
    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 2.1 (maintain, sustain)
    to support oneself the hospital is supported entirely by private donations
    el hospital está enteramente financiado por donaciones de particulares
    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.
    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.
    2.2 (Computing)
    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.
  • 3 3.1 (encourage) they went along to support their team
    fueron a animar a su equipo
    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.
    3.2 (back)
    which team do you support?
    ¿de qué equipo eres (hincha)?
    I support the Greens
    estoy con los verdes
    delegates voted to support the resolution
    los delegados votaron a favor de la resolución
    3.3 (back up) we support him wholeheartedly
    lo apoyamos sin reservas
    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.
  • 4 (Cinema, Music, Theatre) he's supported by a splendid cast
    lo secunda or respalda un magnífico elenco de actores
    the band was supported by …
    el grupo telonero fue …
    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?


  • 1 1.1 countable (of structure)
    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.
    1.2 countable (Medicine, Sport) athletic support (British) 1.3 uncountable (physical) the pillars provide the support for the arches
    los pilares sirven de apoyo a los arcos
    to lean on somebody for support
    apoyarse en alguien (para sostenerse)
    these shoes give a lot of support
    estos zapatos sujetan or sostienen bien el pie
    (before noun) support stockings support pantyhose (US) or tights (British)
    panti(e)s (masculine plural) elásticos
    panti(e)s (feminine plural) elásticas
    pantimedias (feminine plural) elásticas (Mexico)
  • 2 2.1 uncountable (financial) government support for sports is inadequate
    la ayuda or el apoyo gubernamental al deporte es insuficiente
    he has no means of support
    no tiene ninguna fuente de ingresos
    no tiene con qué mantenerse
    she has (financial) support from her ex-husband
    su exmarido contribuye económicamente a su manutención
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    2.2 countable (person)
    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.
  • 3 countable (backing, encouragement) you can count on my support
    puede contar con mi apoyo or respaldo
    I've had absolutely no support from you
    no me has apoyado en absoluto
    the class folded because of lack of support
    la clase tuvo que cerrar por falta de interés
    the crowd gave their team vociferous support
    el público animó a su equipo con gran vehemencia
    I went with her to give her (moral) support
    la acompañé para que se sintiera apoyada or respaldada
    (before noun) a support system for single-parent families
    una infraestructura de apoyo a las familias monoparentales
    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.
  • 4 uncountable 4.1 (Military) to bring up troops/ships in support
    llevar tropas/barcos de apoyo
    (before noun) (vessels/trenches/troops)
    de apoyo
    4.2 (backup) technical/dealer support
    servicio técnico/de ventas
    (before noun) (package/material)
    de apoyo
    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.
  • 5in support of (as preposition) he spoke in support of the motion
    habló a favor de or en apoyo de la moción
    a demonstration in support of the President
    una manifestación de apoyo al presidente
    she could produce no evidence in support of her claim
    no pudo presentar pruebas en apoyo de su demanda
    he produced figures in support of his theory
    presentó cifras que respaldaban or confirmaban su teoría
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