American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To bear the weight of, especially from below.
- v. To hold in position so as to keep from falling, sinking, or slipping.
- v. To be capable of bearing; withstand: "His flaw'd heart . . . too weak the conflict to support” ( Shakespeare).
- v. To keep from weakening or failing; strengthen: The letter supported him in his grief.
- v. To provide for or maintain, by supplying with money or necessities.
- v. To furnish corroborating evidence for: New facts supported her story.
- v. To aid the cause, policy, or interests of: supported her in her election campaign.
- v. To argue in favor of; advocate: supported lower taxes.
- v. To endure; tolerate: "At supper there was such a conflux of company that I could scarcely support the tumult” ( Samuel Johnson).
- v. To act in a secondary or subordinate role to (a leading performer).
- n. The act of supporting.
- n. The state of being supported.
- n. One that supports.
- n. Maintenance, as of a family, with the necessities of life.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To bear; prop up; bear the weight of; uphold; sustain; keep from falling or sinking.
- To endure without being overcome; bear; undergo; also, to tolerate.
- To uphold by aid, encouragement, or countenance; keep from shrinking, sinking, failing, or fainting: as, to support the courage or spirits.
- Theat.: To represent in acting on or as on the stage; keep up; act: as, to support the part assigned.
- To act with, accompany, or second a leading actor or actress.
- In music, to perform an accompaniment or subordinate part to.
- To keep up; carry on; maintain: as, to support a contest.
- To supply funds or means for: as, to support the expenses of government; maintain with the necessary means of living; furnish with a livelihood: as, to support a family.
- To keep from failing or fainting by means of food; sustain: as, to support life; to support the strength by nourishment.
- To keep up in reputation; maintain: as, to support a good character; sustain; substantiate; verify: as, the testimony fails to support the charges.
- To assist in general; help; second; further; forward: as, to support a friend, a party, or a policy; specifically, military, to aid by being in line and ready to take part with in attack or defense: as, the regiment supported a battery.
- To vindicate; defend successfully: as, to support a verdict or judgment.
- To accompany or attend as an honorary coadjutor or aid; act as the aid or attendant of: as, the chairman was supported by …
- To speak in support or advocacy of, as a motion at a public meeting.
- In heraldry, to accompany or be grouped with (an escutcheon) as one of the supporters.
- = Syn. 10. To countenance, patronize, back, abet. See support, n.
- To live; get a livelihood.
- n. The act or operation of supporting, upholding, sustaining, or keeping from falling; sustaining power or effect.
- n. That which upholds, sustains, or keeps from falling; that, on which another thing is placed or rests; a prop, pillar, base, or basis; a foundation of any kind.
- n. That which maintains life; subsistence; sustenance.
- n. One who or that which maintains a person or family; means of subsistence or livelihood: as, fishing is their support; he is the only support of his mother.
- n. The act of upholding, maintaining, assisting, forwarding, etc.; countenance; advocacy: as, to speak in support of a measure.
- n. The keeping up or sustaining of anything without suffering it to fail, decline, be exhausted, or come to an end: as, the support of life or strength; the support of credit.
- n. That which upholds or relieves; aid; help; succor; relief; encouragement.
- n. Theat., an actor or actress who plays a subordinate or minor part with a star; also, the whole company collectively as supporting the principal actors.
- n. pl. Milit., the second line in a battle, either in the attack or in the defense.
- n. In music, an accompaniment; also, a subordinate; part.
- n. The reasonable supply of the necessaries and comforts of life: as, intoxication of a husband injuring the wife's rights of support.
- n. Synonyms Stay, strut, brace, shore.
- n. Maintenance, etc. See living.
- n. Encouragement, patronage, comfort.
- n. plural In the cloth trade, blocking-boards or wrapping-boards.
- n. Something which supports. Often used attributively, as a complement or supplement to.
- n. Financial or other help.
- n. Answers to questions and resolution of problems regarding something sold.
- n. mathematics in relation to a function, the set of points where the function is not zero, or the closure of that set.
- n. 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).
- v. transitive To keep from falling.
- v. transitive To answer questions and resolve problems regarding something sold.
- v. transitive To back a cause, party etc. mentally or with concrete aid.
- v. transitive To help, particularly financially.
- v. transitive To serve, as in a customer-oriented mindset; to give support to.
- v. transitive To be accountable for, or involved with, but not responsible for.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. 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
- v. To endure without being overcome, exhausted, or changed in character; to sustain.
- v. To keep from failing or sinking; to solace under affictive circumstances; to assist; to encourage; to defend.
- v. To assume and carry successfully, as the part of an actor; to represent or act; to sustain.
- v. To furnish with the means of sustenance or livelihood; to maintain; to provide for
- v. To carry on; to enable to continue; to maintain.
- v. To verify; to make good; to substantiate; to establish; to sustain
- v. To vindicate; to maintain; to defend successfully.
- v. To uphold by aid or countenance; to aid; to help; to back up
- v. A attend as an honorary assistant
- n. The act, state, or operation of supporting, upholding, or sustaining.
- n. That which upholds, sustains, or keeps from falling, as a prop, a pillar, or a foundation of any kind.
- n. That which maintains or preserves from being overcome, falling, yielding, sinking, giving way, or the like; subsistence; maintenance; assistance; reënforcement
- n. the act of bearing the weight of or strengthening
- v. support with evidence or authority or make more certain or confirm
- v. play a subordinate role to (another performer)
- n. supporting structure that holds up or provides a foundation
- v. give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to
- n. documentary validation
- v. establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts
- v. be a regular customer or client of
- v. put up with something or somebody unpleasant
- v. be behind; approve of
- v. argue or speak in defense of
- n. a military operation (often involving new supplies of men and materiel) to strengthen a military force or aid in the performance of its mission
- v. support materially or financially
- n. a musical part (vocal or instrumental) that supports or provides background for other musical parts
- n. any device that bears the weight of another thing
- n. financial resources provided to make some project possible
- v. adopt as a belief
- v. be the physical support of; carry the weight of
- n. aiding the cause or policy or interests of
- n. something providing immaterial assistance to a person or cause or interest
- n. the financial means whereby one lives
- n. the activity of providing for or maintaining by supplying with money or necessities
- From Old French supporter. Displaced Old English wreðian ("to support, sustain, uphold"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English supporten, from Old French supporter, from Latin supportāre, to carry : sub-, from below; see sub- + portāre, to carry; see per-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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