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noun support pronunciation in American English /səˈpɔrt/
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] help and approval that you give to a particular idea, politician, organization, etc.

    The bill won strong support in Washington.

    in support of:

    I urge my colleagues to join me in support of this plan.

    enlist/mobilize support (=get a lot of people to support you):

    Farmersleaders were mobilizing support to oppose government plans.

    1. a.
      help and kindness that you give to someone who is having a difficult time

      I am grateful for the constant support of my husband.

      She always gave him her love and support.

    2. b.
      the people who support an organization, an idea, a team, or a person such as a politician

      His support is drawn mainly from the rural areas.

    3. c.
      money that is provided to a person or organization in order to help them to do their work or to achieve a particular goal

      The charity depends on your support.

    4. d.
      help or protection that is given by one group of soldiers to another group who are fighting in a battle

      air/ground support (=help that comes from people in aircraft or people on the ground)

  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] something that holds the weight of an object, building, or structure so that it does not move or fall

    Workers will be reinforcing supports under the bridge.

    1. a.
      [countable] something that you wear to support or protect a part of your body, for example when you are injured or when you are playing a sport
  3. 3
    [uncountable] proof that something is true or correct

    Do you have any support for your theory?

    Thomas could offer no support for his allegations.

  4. 4
    [uncountable] someone who performs in a show or concert but is not the main performer

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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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