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Support meaning

support - 18 dictionary results

  1. 1. play a subordinate role to ( another performer); " Olivier supported Gielgud beautifully in the second act"
  2. 2. support materially or financially; " he does not support his natural children"; " The scholarship supported me when I was in college"
  3. 3. support with evidence or authority or make more certain or confirm; " The stories and claims were born out by the evidence"
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. To endure without being overcome, exhausted, or changed in character; to sustain; as, to support pain, distress, or misfortunes.
  6. 6. To keep from failing or sinking; to solace under affictive circumstances; to assist; to encourage; to defend; as, to support the courage or spirits.
  7. 7. 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.
  8. 8. 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.
  9. 9. To carry on; to enable to continue; to maintain; as, to support a war or a contest; to support an argument or a debate.
  10. 10. 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.
  11. 11. To vindicate; to maintain; to defend successfully; as, to be able to support one's own cause.
  12. 12. 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.
  13. 13. A attend as an honorary assistant; as, a chairman supported by a vice chairman; O'Connell left the prison, supported by his two sons.
  14. 14. The act, state, or operation of supporting, upholding, or sustaining.
  15. 15. That which upholds, sustains, or keeps from falling, as a prop, a pillar, or a foundation of any kind.
  16. 16. 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.
  17. 17. Anything that supports; prop; maintenance.
  18. 18. To sustain; keep up; endure; defend.

support - examples of usage

  1. And as for young maids, this is my advice, if they will not try St. Agnes, let them be sure to choose a clever, honest man, who is able to support them in comfort.
  2. He said to me that I would have to leave; but I did not know where to go, and I had a family to support. - "Second Shetland Truck System Report", William Guthrie.
  3. It would be quite a support. - "A Hazard of New Fortunes, Part Fifth", William Dean Howells.
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