1. [ verb ] give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to
Synonyms: back_up

"She supported him during the illness" "Her children always backed her up"

Related terms: help promote sponsor second patronize carry undergird backing
2. [ verb ] support materially or financially

"he does not support his natural children" "The scholarship supported me when I was in college"

Related terms: give sponsor subsidize bring_home_the_bacon fund
3. [ verb ] support financially through a period of time
Synonyms: see_through

"The scholarship saw me through college" "This money will see me through next month"

Related terms: give sponsor subsidize see_through fund
4. [ noun ] 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"

Related terms: activity logistic_support sustenance
5. [ verb ] be behind; approve of
Synonyms: endorse back plump_for indorse plunk_for

"He plumped for the Labor Party" "I backed Kennedy in 1960"

Related terms: approve champion guarantee side second backing endorsement endorsement subscriber
6. [ verb ] be the physical support of; carry the weight of
Synonyms: hold hold_up sustain

"The beam holds up the roof" "He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam" "What's holding that mirror?"

Related terms: carry prop_up underpin brace chock buoy block pole truss bracket scaffold holder hold
7. [ noun ] aiding the cause or policy or interests of

"the president no longer had the support of his own party" "they developed a scheme of mutual support"

Related terms: aid blessing reassurance sponsorship attachment advocacy endorsement defend
8. [ verb ] establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts
Synonyms: confirm affirm corroborate substantiate sustain

"his story confirmed my doubts" "The evidence supports the defendant"

Related terms: negate prove demonstrate verify validate substantiate document vouch validation documentation confirmation affirmation
9. [ noun ] (military) a military operation (often involving new supplies of men and materiel) to strengthen a military force or aid in the performance of its mission
Synonyms: reinforcement reenforcement

"they called for artillery support"

Related terms: operation close_support military
10. [ noun ] something providing immaterial support or 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"

Related terms: influence anchor lifeline
11. [ noun ] documentary validation
Synonyms: documentation

"his documentation of the results was excellent" "the strongest support for this view is the work of Jones"

Related terms: validation corroborate
12. [ verb ] adopt as a belief
Synonyms: stand subscribe

"I subscribe to your view on abortion"

Related terms: agree approve
13. [ noun ] the financial means whereby one lives
Synonyms: livelihood living bread_and_butter sustenance keep

"each child was expected to pay for their keep" "he applied to the state for support" "he could no longer earn his own livelihood"

Related terms: resource comforts subsistence maintenance meal_ticket sustain
14. [ verb ] support with evidence or authority : make more certain or confirm
Synonyms: bear_out underpin corroborate

"The stories and claims were born out by the evidence"

Related terms: match documentation
15. [ noun ] the act of bearing the weight of or strengthening
Synonyms: supporting

"he leaned against the wall for support"

Related terms: activity shoring suspension hold
16. [ verb ] argue or speak in defense of
Synonyms: defend fend_for

"She supported the motion to strike"

Related terms: argue uphold apologize stand_up defender defense
17. [ noun ] supporting structure that holds up or provides a foundation

"the statue stood on a marble support"

Related terms: supporting_structure foundation prop architrave abutment pedestal basement buttress hold
18. [ noun ] any device that bears the weight of another thing

"there was no place to attach supports for a shelf"

Related terms: device stock shelf base rib stirrup step leg spoke rack seat harness bedpost perch rest brace foot foothold bearing_wall hanger handrest backboard structural_member harp bookend headstock baluster arch_support dog pier pier pillow_block skeg sling bridge bracket rocker bar bearing tailstock tee undercarriage back yoke hold
19. [ noun ] (music,fine art) a subordinate musical part; provides background for more important parts
Synonyms: accompaniment musical_accompaniment backup
Related terms: part vamp descant
20. [ verb ] support; of morale, theories, etc.
Synonyms: bolster bolster_up
Related terms: reinforce dramaturgy
21. [ verb ] (theater) play a subordinate role to (another performer)

"Olivier supported Gielgud beautifully in the second act"

Related terms: act
22. [ verb ] put up with something or somebody unpleasant
Synonyms: bear stand suffer tolerate endure put_up abide brook stick_out digest stomach

"I cannot bear his constant criticism" "The new secretary had to endure a lot of unprofessional remarks" "he learned to tolerate the heat" "She stuck out two years in a miserable marriage"

Related terms: permit take pay accept stand_for bear_up take_lying_down take_a_joke sit_out suffer endurance tolerance toleration
23. [ verb ] be a regular customer or client of
Synonyms: patronage keep_going patronise patronize

"We patronize this store" "Our sponsor kept our art studio going for as long as he could"

Related terms: foster run_on patron patron
24. [ noun ] financial resources provided to make some project possible
Synonyms: funding backing financial_backing financial_support

"the foundation provided support for the experiment"

Related terms: resource back
Similar spelling:   supporter