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verb [transitive] support pronunciation in British English /səˈpɔː(r)t/
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 Europeans support sending troops into the region.

    support someone in (doing) something:

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

    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 aim

      His campaign was supported mainly by wealthy businessmen.

      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. 7
    computing to provide information and material to keep a computer system or program working

    Does the company still support that version of the program?

    You can download the program free, but it’s not supported.


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