Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English


English definition of “support”


noun (HOLDING)    /səˈpɔːt/ US  /-ˈpɔːrt/
[C or U] something that holds something firmly or carries its weight, especially from below to stop it from falling: The floor is held up by wooden supports. I've hurt my wrist, so I've got it bandaged to give it some support.Physical supports and supportingArches, columns and beams [C] a device worn to hold part of the body, especially a weak part, firmly in position: Jim always wears a knee support when he goes running.Medical dressings, supports and devices
(Definition of support noun (HOLDING) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of support

Definitions of “support” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

limber up

to do gentle exercises to stretch the muscles in order to prepare the body for more active physical exercise

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More