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English definition of “support”

support

verb [T] (PROVIDE)    /səˈpɔːt/ US  /-ˈpɔːrt/
B1 to give a person the money they need in order to buy food and clothes and pay for somewhere to live: He has a wife and four children to support.Trusts and fundsBacking, supporting and defendingDefending and protecting B2 If you support an activity or a habit, you provide the money needed to pay for it: The drug company is supporting cancer research. I don't know how they manage to support their expensive lifestyle. Some drug addicts turn to crime in order to support their habit.Paying and spending money to provide the right conditions, such as enough food and water, for life: The land is so poor here that it cannot support any crops.Backing, supporting and defendingDefending and protecting
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