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

support

1 verb
     
Related topics: Computers
sup‧port1 S2 W2 [transitive]
1

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.
2

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.
3

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.
4

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.
5

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.
6

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.
7

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.
8TD

computers

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.
9

land

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.
10

water/air/earth

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
11

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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