support meaning

[ sə'pɔ:t ] Pronunciation:   "support" in a sentence
Verb: support  su'port
  1. Give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to
    "She supported him during the illness"
Noun: support  su'port
  1. The activity of providing for or maintaining by supplying with money or necessities
    "his support kept the family together"; "they gave him emotional support during difficult times" 
  2. Aiding the cause or policy or interests of
    "the president no longer has the support of his own party"; "they developed a scheme of mutual support" 
  3. Something providing immaterial assistance to a person or cause or interest
    "the policy found little public support"; "his faith was all the support he needed"; "the team enjoyed the support of their fans" 
  4. A military operation (often involving new supplies of men and materiel) to strengthen a military force or aid in the performance of its mission
    "they called for artillery support"
    - reinforcement, reenforcement 
  5. Documentary validation
    "the strongest support for this view is the work of Jones"
    - documentation 
  6. The financial means whereby one lives
    "he applied to the state for support"
    - keep, livelihood, living, bread and butter, sustenance 
  7. Supporting structure that holds up or provides a foundation
    "the statue stood on a marble support" 
  8. The act of bearing the weight of or strengthening
    "he leaned against the wall for support"
    - supporting 
  9. A musical part (vocal or instrumental) that supports or provides background for other musical parts
    - accompaniment, musical accompaniment, backup 
  10. Any device that bears the weight of another thing
    "there was no place to attach supports for a shelf" 
  11. Financial resources provided to make some project possible
    "the foundation provided support for the experiment"
    - financial support, funding, backing, financial backing

Derived forms: supporting, supports, supported

See also: supporter, supportive

Type of: act, activity, agree, aid, allow, approve, argue, assist, assistance, check, concord, concur, correspond, countenance, device, fit, foster, gibe, give, help, hold, influence, jibe, let, match, military operation, nurture, O.K., okay, op, operation, part, permit, play, proof, reason, represent, resource, sanction, substantiation, supporting structure, tally, validation, voice

Encyclopedia: Support

AmE / verb, noun

verb [+ obj]


to help and encourage sb/sth by saying or showing that you agree with them/it:

If you raise it in the meeting, I'll support you.

Managers and employees strongly supported the plan.

The majority of members strongly support the union on this issue.

Thank you for supporting us in our efforts to improve our distribution system.


to help sth/sb by giving it/them money:

Several major companies are supporting the project.


to give or be ready to give help to sb/sth if they need it:

We will continue to support customers still using previous versions of the software.

The world's largest computer companies have agreed to support the technology.


to prevent sth from failing; to help sth continue:

Oil prices are being supported by fears of a shortage.

The extra cash is supporting consumer spending.


to help to show that sth is true or correct:

The decision cannot be supported by the data.

The judge ruled that there was sufficient evidence to support the employees' claim of unfair dismissal.

6 (IT )

(about a piece of computer software or equipment, etc.) to allow a particular type of software, equipment or data to be used with it:

The program supports HTML formatting.

The phone supports multimedia messaging.


noun [U]



help and encouragement that you give to sb/sth by saying or showing that you agree with them/it:

support for union leaders

There is strong support for the merger from shareholders.

The restructuring program has the full support of employees.

The CEO spoke in support of the proposal.

broad/unanimous/widespread support

◆ to give/lend/offer/pledge/withdraw your support

◆ to declare/express/indicate your support

◆ to gain/get/receive/secure/win support


money that is given to sth/sb in order to help it/them become successful:

A German media group provided €85 million in financial support to the firm.

The struggling company is seeking government support in the form of loan guarantees.

❖ to give/provide support

◆ to look for/receive/seek support


help that is given to sb/sth or available if needed:

We are committed to providing the best after-sales support to customers.

❖ to offer/provide support


the act of preventing sth from failing or helping sth to continue:

There will be no official support for the dollar until it has fallen further.

❖ to give/provide support


evidence that helps to show that sth is true:

The statistics offer further support for our theory.

❖ to give/offer/provide support

See income support, and price support

An effective lower bound on prices supported because of many willing buyers at that price level.

1 : to hold up or serve as a foundation or prop for
2 : to maintain in condition, action, or existence ‹support respiration› ‹support life›
1 : the act or process of supporting : the condition of being supported ‹respiratory support›


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  1. margaret needed support more than ever.
  2. we give support to all just causes.
  3. he has the support and approval of the public.
  4. i can support such insolence no longer.

Related Words

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  2. supply-sider meaning
  3. supplying meaning
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  5. supplyment meaning
  6. support agency meaning
  7. support area meaning
  8. support base meaning
  9. support column meaning
  10. support funding meaning
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