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support

verb [T]
 
 
/səˈpɔːt/
to show that you agree with someone or something and want to encourage them: If your boss raises any objections, I'm willing to support you. I don't support the idea of outsourcing the work.
to help someone, or offer help with something, when this is needed: Unfortunately the company can no longer support this software. We offer insight into how to build a service strategy to support your growth objectives. We'll do all we can to support our customers during this difficult period.
to give a person the money they need in order to buy food and clothes and pay for somewhere to live: My starting salary wasn't enough to support a family.
if you support an activity, you provide money for it: The drug company is supporting cancer research. I don't know how they manage to support their expensive lifestyle. We are calling on the Government to support the arts.
to hold something firmly or carry its weight, especially from below to stop it from falling: The frame needs to be strong enough to support the engine assembly.
to stop something from falling in value, or becoming less strong: The Bank of England has taken measures to support the pound.
to help to show that something is true: These figures support my argument. You can't make a statement like that without any supporting documentation.
(Definition of support verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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