1: 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"
2: 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"
3: 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"
4: 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" [syn: reinforcement, reenforcement]
5: documentary validation; "his documentation of the results was excellent"; "the strongest support for this this view is the work of Jones" [syn: documentation]
6: 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" [syn: keep, livelihood, living, bread and butter, sustenance]
7: supporting structure that holds up or provides a foundation; "the statue stood on a marble support"
8: the act of bearing the weight of or strengthening; "he leaned against the wall for support" [syn: supporting]
9: a subordinate musical part; provides background for more important parts [syn: accompaniment, musical accompaniment, backup]
10: any device that bears the weight of another thing; "there was no place to attach supports for a shelf"
11: financial resources provided to make some project possible; "the foundation provided support for the experiment" [syn: financial support, funding, backing, financial backing]
1: give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to; "She supported him during the illness"; "Her children always backed her up" [syn: back up]
2: support materially or financially; "he does not support his natural children"; "The scholarship supported me when I was in college"
3: be behind; approve of; "He plumped for the Labor Party"; "I backed Kennedy in 1960" [syn: back, endorse, indorse, plump for, plunk for]
4: 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?" [syn: hold, sustain, hold up]
5: establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts; "his story confirmed my doubts"; "The evidence supports the defendant" [syn: confirm, corroborate, sustain, substantiate, affirm] [ant: negate]
6: adopt as a belief; "I subscribe to your view on abortion" [syn: subscribe]
7: support with evidence or authority or make more certain or confirm; "The stories and claims were born out by the evidence" [syn: corroborate, underpin, bear out]
8: argue or speak in defense of; "She supported the motion to strike" [syn: defend, fend for]
9: play a subordinate role to (another performer); "Olivier supported Gielgud beautifully in the second act"
10: be a regular customer or client of; "We patronize this store"; "Our sponsor kept our art studio going for as long as he could" [syn: patronize, patronise, patronage, keep going]
11: 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" [syn: digest, endure, stick out, stomach, bear, stand, tolerate, brook, abide, suffer, put up]
Adjacent words: supply closet | supply line | supply officer | supply route | supply ship | supplying | supply-side economics | support | support column | support hose | support level | support payment | support stocking | support system | supportable | supported