n 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
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
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"
, bread and butter
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
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
v 1: give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to;
"She supported him during the illness" [syn: back up
2: support financially in an enterprise; "The scholarship saw
me through college"
3: be behind; approve of; "He plumped for the Labor Party"; "I
backed Kennedy in 1960" [syn: back
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 up
5: establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts; "his
story confirmed my doubts"; "The evidence supports the
defendant" [syn: confirm
] [ant: negate
6: adopt as a belief; "I subscribe to your view on abortion"
7: support with evidence or authority : make more certain or
confirm; "The stories and claims were born out by the
evidence" [syn: corroborate
, bear out
8: argue or speak in defense of; "She supported the motion to
strike" [syn: defend
, fend for
9: support; of morale, theories, etc. [syn: bolster
10: play a subordinate role to (another performer); "Olivier
supported Gielgud beautifully in the second act"
11: 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
12: 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" [syn: endure
, put up