|1.||[ verb ] give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to|
"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|
"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|
"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|
"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|
"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|
"he leaned against the wall for support"
|Related terms:||activity shoring suspension hold|
|16.||[ verb ] argue or speak in defense of|
"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.|
|Related terms:||reinforce dramaturgy|
|21.||[ verb ] (theater) play a subordinate role to (another performer)|
"Olivier supported Gielgud beautifully in the second 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|