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verb [transitive] support pronunciation in American English /səˈpɔrt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlesupporting
past tensesupported
past participlesupported
  1. 1
    to approve of an idea or of a person or organization and help them to be successful

    The United Nations has supported efforts to return the refugees peacefully.

    The proposed reduction in taxes is supported by 73% of the people.

    support doing something:

    The majority of Americans support sending troops into the region.

    support someone in (doing) something:

    Everyone came together to support him in his campaign for governor.

    1. a.
      to help someone and be kind to them when they are having a difficult time

      My friends have supported me through the entire trial.

  2. 2
    to hold the weight of someone or of something such as a building or structure so that they do not move or fall

    A pair of wooden beams was the only thing supporting the roof.

    support something with something:

    The plants were supported with wire.

    be supported by something:

    She was sitting up in bed, supported by pillows.

    support yourself (=hold or lean on something so that you do not fall):

    Use the handle to support yourself.

  3. 3
    to provide money, food, shelter, or other things that someone needs in order to live

    How can we support our families on such low wages?

    support yourself:

    She’s been supporting herself since she was 18 years old.

    1. a.
      to give money to a politician, organization, etc. in order to help them to achieve a particular goal

      His campaign was supported mainly by wealthy businesspeople.

      Thanks to all of you who supported our appeal.

  4. 4
    to show that an idea, statement, theory, etc. is true or correct

    Several witnesses supported Mrs. Carson’s claim of harassment.

    Our conclusions are supported by extensive research.

    You will need to provide supporting evidence for your claim.

  5. 5
    computing to be designed to allow something such as a piece of software or computer device to work with it

    Does the company still support that version of the program?


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