Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: supporter, from Latin supportare 'to carry', from sub- ( SUB-) + portare 'to carry'


1 verb
sup‧port1 S2 W2 [transitive]

agree and help

to say that you agree with an idea, group, or person, and usually to help them because you want them to succeed:
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.

be kind to somebody

to help someone by being sympathetic and kind to them during a difficult time in their life:
My wife supported me enormously.

provide money to live

to provide enough money for someone to pay for all the things they need:
I have a wife and two children to support.
support somebody by (doing) something
She supports her family by teaching evening classes.
support yourself
I have no idea how I am going to support myself.

give money to something

to give money to a group, organization, or event etc to encourage it or pay for its costs:
There are a handful of charities which I support regularly.

hold something up

to hold the weight of something, keep it in place, or prevent it from falling:
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.

prove something

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.

sports team

British English to like a particular sports team and go to watch the games they play:
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.


TA 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

support a habit

MDD to get money in order to pay for a bad habit, especially taking drugs:
He turned to crime to support his habit.

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