|Origin:||supporter, from Latin supportare 'to carry', from sub- ( SUB-) + portare 'to carry'|
sup‧port1 S2 W2 [transitive]
to say that you agree with an idea, group, or person, and usually to help them because you want them to succeed:
agree and help
The bill was supported by a large majority in the Senate.
support somebody in (doing) something
We need to support our teachers.
We strongly support the peace process.
to help someone by being sympathetic and kind to them during a difficult time in their life:
be kind to somebody
My wife supported me enormously.
to provide enough money for someone to pay for all the things they need:
provide money to live
I have a wife and two children to support.
support somebody by (doing) something
She supports her family by teaching evening classes.
I have no idea how I am going to support myself.
to give money to a group, organization, or event etc to encourage it or pay for its costs:
give money to something
There are a handful of charities which I support regularly.
to hold the weight of something, keep it in place, or prevent it from falling:
hold something up
The middle part of the bridge is supported by two huge towers.
During sleep, our spine no longer needs to support the weight of our body.
support yourself (on something)
I got to my feet, supporting myself on the side of the table.
if results, facts, studies etc support an idea or view, they show or prove that it is correct:
The results support our original theory.
There is little evidence to support such explanations.
to like a particular sports team and go to watch the games they play:
sports teamBritish English
Which team do you support?
I've supported Liverpool all my life.
to provide information and material to improve a computer program or system, or to make it keep working:
I don't think they support that version of the program anymore.
if land can support people or animals, it is of good enough quality to grow enough food for them to live:
This land can't support many cattle.
if water, air, or earth can support life, it is clean enough, has enough oxygen etc to keep animals or plants alive:
Because of pollution, this lake is now too acid to support fish.
healthy soil that can support plant life
to get money in order to pay for a bad habit, especially taking drugs:
He turned to crime to support his habit.