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

    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.
    2. b.
      to get enough money to pay for an activity, habit, or interest, especially a bad one such as taking drugs

      Drug users often become thieves in order to support their addiction.

  4. 5
    to like a particular sports team and to encourage them to win, especially by going to see their matches

    I support West Ham – who do you support?

    See also supporter
  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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