• Definition of support

    • (n): documentary validation; "his documentation of the results was excellent"; "the strongest support for this this view is the work of Jones"  
    • (n): a military operation (often involving new supplies of men and materiel) to strengthen a military force or aid in the performance of its mission; "they called for artillery support"  
    • (n): the act of bearing the weight of or strengthening; "he leaned against the wall for support"  
    • (n): aiding the cause or policy or interests of; "the president no longer had the support of his own party"; "they developed a scheme of mutual support"  
    • (n): the activity of providing for or maintaining by supplying with money or necessities; "his support kept the family together"; "they gave him emotional support during difficult times"  
    • (n): any device that bears the weight of another thing; "there was no place to attach supports for a shelf"  
    • (n): supporting structure that holds up or provides a foundation; "the statue stood on a marble support"  
    • (n): something providing immaterial support or assistance to a person or cause or interest; "the policy found little public support"; "his faith was all the support he needed"; "the team enjoyed the support of their fans"  
    • (n): a subordinate musical part; provides background for more important parts  
    • (n): the financial means whereby one lives; "each child was expected to pay for their keep"; "he applied to the state for support"; "he could no longer earn his own livelihood"  
    • (n): financial resources provided to make some project possible; "the foundation provided support for the experiment"  
    • (v): establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts; "his story confirmed my doubts"; "The evidence supports the defendant"  
    • (v): put up with something or somebody unpleasant; "I cannot bear his constant criticism"; "The new secretary had to endure a lot of unprofessional remarks"; "he learned to tolerate the heat"; "She stuck out two years in a miserable marriage"  
    • (v): adopt as a belief; "I subscribe to your view on abortion"  
    • (v): argue or speak in defense of; "She supported the motion to strike"  
    • (v): be a regular customer or client of; "We patronize this store"; "Our sponsor kept our art studio going for as long as he could"  
    • (v): be the physical support of; carry the weight of; "The beam holds up the roof"; "He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam"; "What''s holding that mirror?"  
    • (v): play a subordinate role to (another performer); "Olivier supported Gielgud beautifully in the second act"  
    • (v): support materially or financially; "he does not support his natural children"; "The scholarship supported me when I was in college"  
    • (v): be behind; approve of; "He plumped for the Labor Party"; "I backed Kennedy in 1960"  
    • (v): give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to; "She supported him during the illness"; "Her children always backed her up"  
    • (v): support with evidence or authority or make more certain or confirm; "The stories and claims were born out by the evidence"  

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