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Meaning of support by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( RP ) IPA: /səˈpɔːt/
    • ( GenAm ) IPA: /səˈpɔɹt/
    • Rhymes: -ɔː( r )t


    From Old French supporter. Displaced Old English wreðian ( “to support, sustain, uphold” ) .


    support ( plural: supports )

    1. Something which supports. Often used attributively, as a complement or supplement to .
      Don’t move that beam! It’s a support for the whole platform .
      Don’t move that beam! It’s a support beam .
    2. Financial or other help .
      The government provides support to the arts in several ways .
    3. Answers to questions and resolution of problems regarding something sold .
      Sure they sell the product, but do they provide support?
    4. ( mathematics ) in relation to a function, the set of points where the function is not zero, or the closure of that set.
    5. ( fuzzy set theory ) A set whose elements are at least partially included in a given fuzzy set ( i.e., whose grade of membership in that fuzzy set is strictly greater than zero ) .
      If the membership function of a fuzzy set is continuous, then that fuzzy set's support is an open set .


    • ( mathematics ): kernel

    Derived terms


    support ( third-person singular simple present supports present participle supporting, simple past and past participle supported )

    1. ( transitive ) To keep from falling .
      Don’t move that beam! It supports the whole platform .
    2. ( transitive ) To answer questions and resolve problems regarding something sold .
      Sure they sell the product, but do they support it?
    3. ( transitive ) To back a cause, party etc. mentally or with concrete aid .
      I support France in the World Cup
    4. ( transitive ) To help, particularly financially .
      The government supports the arts in several ways .
    5. ( transitive ) To serve, as in a customer-oriented mindset; to give support to .
      The IT Department supports the research organization, but not the sales force .
      I don't make decisions: I just support those who do .
    6. ( transitive ) To be accountable for, or involved with, but not responsible for .
      I support the administrative activities of the executive branch of the organization


    • ( to back a cause, party, etc. ): oppose


Explanation of support by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts

    2. The evidence supports the defendant
    3. put up with something or somebody unpleasant

    4. adopt as a belief

    5. argue or speak in defense of

    6. She supported the motion to strike
    7. be a regular customer or client of

    8. be the physical support of

    9. He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam
    10. play a subordinate role to ( another performer )

    11. Olivier supported Gielgud beautifully in the second act
    12. support materially or financially

    13. he does not support his natural children
      The scholarship supported me when I was in college
    14. be behind

    15. give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to

    16. She supported him during the illness
    17. support with evidence or authority or make more certain or confirm

    1. documentary validation

    2. the strongest support for this view is the work of Jones
    3. a military operation ( often involving new supplies of men and materiel ) to strengthen a military force or aid in the performance of its mission

    4. they called for artillery support
    5. the act of bearing the weight of or strengthening

    6. he leaned against the wall for support
    7. aiding the cause or policy or interests of

    8. the president no longer has the support of his own party
      they developed a scheme of mutual support
    9. the activity of providing for or maintaining by supplying with money or necessities

    10. his support kept the family together
      they gave him emotional support during difficult times
    11. any device that bears the weight of another thing

    12. there was no place to attach supports for a shelf
    13. supporting structure that holds up or provides a foundation

    14. the statue stood on a marble support
    15. something providing immaterial assistance to a person or cause or interest

    16. the policy found little public support
      his faith was all the support he needed
      the team enjoyed the support of their fans
    17. a musical part ( vocal or instrumental ) that supports or provides background for other musical parts

    18. the financial means whereby one lives

    19. he applied to the state for support
    20. financial resources provided to make some project possible

    21. the foundation provided support for the experiment

    Definition of support by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Support v. t. [imp. & p. p. Supported; p. pr. & vb. n. Supporting.] [F. supporter, L. supportare to carry on, to convey, in LL., to support, sustain; sub under + portare to carry. See Port demeanor.]
      1. To bear by being under; to keep from falling; to uphold; to sustain, in a literal or physical sense; to prop up; to bear the weight of; as, “a pillar supports a structure; an abutment supports an arch; the trunk of a tree supports the branches.”

      2. To endure without being overcome, exhausted, or changed in character; to sustain; as, “to support pain, distress, or misfortunes”.

      This fierce demeanor and his insolence

      The patience of a god could not support. Dryden.

      3. To keep from failing or sinking; to solace under affictive circumstances; to assist; to encourage; to defend; as, “to support the courage or spirits”.

      4. To assume and carry successfully, as the part of an actor; to represent or act; to sustain; as, “to support the character of King Lear”.

      5. To furnish with the means of sustenance or livelihood; to maintain; to provide for; as, “to support a family; to support the ministers of the gospel.”

      6. To carry on; to enable to continue; to maintain; as, “to support a war or a contest; to support an argument or a debate”.

      7. To verify; to make good; to substantiate; to establish; to sustain; as, “the testimony is not sufficient to support the charges; the evidence will not support the statements or allegations.”

      To urge such arguments, as though they were sufficient to support and demonstrate a whole scheme of moral philosophy. J. Edwards.

      8. To vindicate; to maintain; to defend successfully; as, “to be able to support one's own cause”.

      9. To uphold by aid or countenance; to aid; to help; to back up; as, “to support a friend or a party; to support the present administration.”

      Wherefore, bold pleasant,

      Darest thou support a published traitor? Shak.

      10. A attend as an honorary assistant; as, “a chairman supported by a vice chairman; O'Connell left the prison, supported by his two sons.”

      Support arms ( Mil. ), a command in the manual of arms in responce to which the piece is held vertically at the shoulder, with the hammer resting on the left forearm, which is passed horizontally across the body in front; also, the position assumed in response to this command.

      Syn. -- To maintain; endure; verify; substantiate; countenance; patronize; help; back; second; succor; relieve; uphold; encourage; favor; nurture; nourish; cherish; shield; defend; protect; stay; assist; forward.

    2. Support n. [F.]
      1. The act, state, or operation of supporting, upholding, or sustaining.

      2. That which upholds, sustains, or keeps from falling, as a prop, a pillar, or a foundation of any kind.

      3. That which maintains or preserves from being overcome, falling, yielding, sinking, giving way, or the like; subsistence; maintenance; assistance; reenforcement; as, “he gave his family a good support, the support of national credit; the assaulting column had the support of a battery.”

      Points of support ( Arch. ), the horizontal area of the solids of a building, walls, piers, and the like, as compared with the open or vacant spaces. -- Right of support ( Law ), an easement or servitude by which the owner of a house has a right to rest his timber on the walls of his neighbor's house. Kent.

      Syn. -- Stay; prop; maintenance; subsistence; assistance; favor; countenance; encouragement; patronage; aid; help; succor; nutriment; sustenance; food.