support2 S2 W2
approval, encouragement, and perhaps help for a person, idea, plan etc:
Local people have given us a lot of support in our campaign.
They signed a petition in support of the pay claim.
He had the full support of the general committee.
Thompson has won the support of half the party.
The organisers are hoping to drum up support (=get many people's approval) from local businesses.
sympathy and help that you give to someone who is in a difficult situation or who is very unhappy:
I couldn't have made it through those times without the support of my boyfriend, Rob.
money that you give a person, group, organization etc to help pay for their costs:
money[uncountable and countable]
The European Union is considering whether to provide financial support for the expedition.
with somebody's support
With your support, we can help these youngsters.
something that presses on something else to hold it up or in position:
hold something up[uncountable and countable]
The roof may need extra support.
the wooden supports of the bridge
She grabbed at his shoulders for support.
the help or information that you receive to improve a computer system, make it continue working, or use it correctly:
our technical support team
a band, singer, or performer that performs for a short time at the same concert as a more famous and popular band etc:
We played support to a band called Shallow.
the support band
the support act (=the support band)
help or protection that is given by one group of soldiers to another group who are fighting in a battle:
air/ground support (=help or protection that comes from people in aircraft or people on the ground)
something that you wear to hold a weak or damaged part of your body in the right place