American English

Definition of support noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] support (for something) encouragement and help that you give to someone or something because you approve of them and want them to be successful There is strong public support for the change. Can I rely on your support (= will you vote for me) in the election? Only a few people spoke in support of the proposal. Local businesses have provided financial support. She has no visible means of support (= no work, income, etc.). The idea has met with widespread support. see also child support
  2. help
  3. 2[uncountable] sympathy and help that you give to someone who is in a difficult or unhappy situation Her family and friends have given her lots of support. Thanks for all your support during my wife's illness. see also moral support
  4. holding in position
  5. 3[countable] a thing that holds something and prevents it from falling The supports under the bridge were starting to bend. (figurative) When my father died, Jim was a real support.
  6. 4[uncountable] the act of holding something firmly in position or preventing it from falling I wrapped a bandage around my ankle to give it some support. She held on to his arm for support.
  7. 5[countable] something you wear to hold an injured or weak part of your body firmly in position a knee/back support
  8. proof
  9. 6[uncountable] evidence that helps to show that something is true or correct The statistics offer further support for our theory.
  10. technical help
  11. 7[uncountable] technical help that a company gives to customers using their computers or other products We offer free technical support.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: support