Definition of support verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//səˈpɔːt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//səˈpɔːrt//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they support
    BrE BrE//səˈpɔːt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//səˈpɔːrt//
    he / she / it supports
    BrE BrE//səˈpɔːts//
    ; NAmE NAmE//səˈpɔːrts//
    past simple supported
    BrE BrE//səˈpɔːtɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//səˈpɔːrtɪd//
    past participle supported
    BrE BrE//səˈpɔːtɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//səˈpɔːrtɪd//
    -ing form supporting
    BrE BrE//ˈpɔːtɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɔːrtɪŋ//
    Structures, Live music
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    encourage/give help
  1. 1  to help or encourage somebody/something by saying or showing that you agree with them/it synonym back support somebody/something to support a proposal These measures are strongly supported by environmental groups. If you raise it at the meeting, I'll support you. support somebody/something in something The government supported the unions in their demand for a minimum wage.
  2. 2  support somebody to give or be ready to give help to somebody if they need it an organization that supports people with AIDS She supported her husband through many difficult times. The company will support customers in Europe (= solve their problems with a product).
  3. provide money, etc.
  4. 3  support something to help or encourage something to be successful by giving it money synonym sponsor Several major companies are supporting the project.
  5. 4  support somebody/something/yourself to provide everything necessary, especially money, so that somebody/something can live or exist Mark has two children to support from his first marriage. He turned to crime to support his drug habit. The atmosphere of Mars could not support life. She supported herself through college by working as a waitress in a local bar. The town supports a small fishing fleet.
  6. hold in position
  7. 5  support somebody/something to hold somebody/something in position; to prevent somebody/something from falling a platform supported by concrete pillars Support the baby's head when you hold it. She walked carefully down the stairs, supported by her grandson. See related entries: Structures
  8. help prove something
  9. 6  support something to help to show that something is true synonym corroborate The witness's story was not supported by the evidence. The results of the experiment supported her theory. Language BankevidenceGiving proof There is clear evidence that TV advertising influences what children buy. It is clear from numerous studies that TV advertising influences what children buy. Recent research demonstrates that TV advertising influences children’s spending habits. Many parents think that TV advertising influences their children. This view is supported by the findings of a recent study, which show a clear link between television advertisements and children’s spending habits. The findings also reveal that most children are unaware of the persuasive purpose of advertising. There is little evidence that children understand the persuasive intent of advertising. The results contradict claims that advertising is unrelated to children’s spending habits. Manufacturers argue that it is difficult to prove that advertising alone influences what children buy.
  10. sports team
  11. 7  support somebody/something (British English) to like a particular sports team, watch their games, etc. Which team do you support?
  12. pop/rock concert
  13. 8support somebody/something (of a band or singer) to perform in a pop or rock concert before the main performer They were supported by a local Liverpool band. Wordfinderaudience, auditorium, concert, interval, microphone, perform, programme, soloist, support, venue See related entries: Live music
  14. computer
  15. 9support something (of a computer or computer system) to allow a particular program, language or device to be used with it This digital audio player supports multiple formats.
  16. Word OriginMiddle English (originally in the sense ‘tolerate’): from Old French supporter, from Latin supportare, from sub- ‘from below’ + portare ‘carry’.Extra examples He has consistently supported the tax cuts. He has supported the party loyally for over twenty years. He promised to support me at the meeting. He said the figures were questionable and not well supported. Her parents supported her all through college. His claim is not supported by any evidence. I strongly support the view that education should be available to everyone. Our results clearly support this view. Research has generally supported these predictions. Teachers should always support and encourage their students. The evidence strongly supports his claims. The group is actively supported by several Members of Parliament. The people of this country overwhelmingly support their president. The sample adequately supports this conclusion. The soloists were ably supported by the University Singers. These policies were widely supported in the country. These results indirectly support the hypothesis. This work was partially supported by the government. Very few countries supported France in its action. Very few countries supported the United States in its action. If you raise it at the meeting, I’ll support you. Support the baby’s head when you hold her. The event was organized by Sam and Alex, ably supported by their classmates. The government has refused to support a new veterinary school in the region. The organization supports people with AIDS. The platform is supported by concrete pillars. The witness’s story was not supported by the evidence. You need colleagues who will support you in your work.
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