Translation of "support" - English-Traditional Chinese dictionary

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supportverb [ T ]

uk /səˈpɔːt/ us /səˈpɔːrt/

support verb [ T ] (ENCOURAGE)

B2 to agree with and give encouragement to someone or something because you want him, her, or it to succeed

My father supported the LabourDemocratic Party all his life. 我父親畢生都擁護工黨。
The majority of people in the town strongly support the plans to build a new school. 鎮上的大部分人都強烈支持修建旁路的計劃。
I think it's important to support local businesses by buying locally. 我認為購買本地商品來支持本地企業這一點很重要。

B1 mainly UK US usually root for If you support a sports team or a sports player, you want them to win, and might show it by going to watch them play.

Which team do you support? 你支持哪隊?

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  • I don't support the death penalty, but if people are to be executed, it should be done humanely.
  • The mass of the people support the government's reforms.
  • All those who support this proposal say "Aye".
  • Although I support the project in public, my private opinion is that it will fail.
  • Her speech failed to sway her colleagues into supporting the plan.

support verb [ T ] (HELP)

B1 to help someone emotionally or in a practical way

Alcoholics Anonymous is a group which supports people who are trying to stop drinking too much alcohol. 匿名戒酒會是一個幫助人們停止酗酒的機構。
My family has always supported me in whatever I've wanted to do. 無論我想做甚麼,我家人一向都支持我。

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  • Judging by what he said, I think it's very unlikely that he'll be able to support your application.
  • I thought he wasn't going to support me, but I misjudged him.
  • Many Americans felt it was their patriotic duty to buy bonds to support the war effort.
  • I felt a sense of betrayal when my friends refused to support me.
  • The organization has peddled the myth that they are supporting the local population.

support verb [ T ] (PROVIDE)

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. 他得養活老婆和四個孩子。

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. 這家製藥公司在出錢資助癌症研究工作。
I don't know how they manage to support their expensive lifestyle. 我不知道他們是怎麼設法維持自己奢侈的生活方式。
Some drug addicts turn to crime in order to support their habit. 有些癮君子為了維持自己的吸毒惡習而走向犯罪。

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. 這片土地太貧瘠,種不了任何作物。

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  • The great and the good are calling on the government to support the arts.
  • She needs a pretty high income to support her lifestyle.
  • My starting salary as a newly qualified teacher wasn't enough to support a family.
  • Charities depend on people supporting their activities.
  • This play is supported by a grant from the local arts council.

support verb [ T ] (STOP FROM FALLING)

C2 to hold something firmly or carry its weight, especially from below to stop it from falling

The church dome is supported by/on marble pillars. 這個教堂的穹頂是由大理石柱子支撐。
When babies first learn to stand, they hold on to something to support themselves (= to stop themselves from falling). 小孩剛開始學習站立的時候,會緊緊抓住某樣東西,以防自己摔倒。
My ankle is weak, so I always put a bandage on it to support it when I play tennis. 我的腳踝很脆弱,所以打網球的時候我總是纏上繃帶保護它。
figurative The Bank of England has taken measures to support the pound (= to stop it from being reduced in value). 英格蘭銀行已經採取措施力挺英鎊,不讓它貶值。

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  • The frame needs to be strong enough to support the engine assembly .
  • Use bamboo canes to support tomato plants.
  • The stakes are pushed or hammered into the ground and can be used for marking an area, supporting a plant or forming part of a fence.
  • Carefully tighten the clamp until it firmly supports the pipette in a vertical position.
  • A row of reinforced concrete pillars supports the bridge.

support verb [ T ] (PROVE)

C1 to help to show something to be true

These figures support my argument. 這些數字證實了我的論點。
You can't make a statement like that without any supporting documentation. 在沒有任何證明文獻的情況下,你不能那樣妄作論斷。

support verb [ T ] (ACCEPT)

UK formal to accept something and allow it to happen

The headteacher told the boys that he would not support that kind of behaviour. 校長告訴那些男孩子,他不會容忍那樣的行為。


uk /səˈpɔːt/ us /səˈpɔːrt/

support noun (ENCOURAGEMENT)

B2 [ U ] agreement with and encouragement for an idea, group, or person

Environmental groups are fast gaining support among young people. 環境保護組織正迅速贏得年輕人的支持。
We've succeeded in drumming up a lot of local support for our attempt to stop the superstore being built. 我們試圖阻止關閉那家醫院的行動,已成功贏得當地人的廣泛支持。
I signed a petition in support of the campaign to end the marketing of baby formula in developing countries. 我在請願書上簽名,支持停止在開發中國家行銷嬰兒奶粉的運動。

More examples

  • The Labour Party has lost a lot of support among the working class.
  • In the recent elections, the National Party was given a lot of support from the coloured population.
  • The postal workers have come out in support of their pay claim.
  • The government's concentration on tax reduction has won them a lot of support.
  • There is a growing current of support for green issues among voters.

support noun (HELP)

B1 [ C or U ] emotional or practical help

Liz gave me a lot of support when I lost my job. 我失業後,利茲給了我很多幫助。
You've been a great support to my mum in this difficult time. 您在這個困難時期給了我媽媽極大的精神支持。

More examples

  • Our success is contingent upon your support.
  • The president's support is critical (to this project).
  • Can I bank on your support?
  • There was a quaver in her voice as she thanked her staff for all their support.
  • I'm reckoning on your continued support.

support noun (MONEY)

B2 [ U ] the money someone needs in order to buy food and clothes and pay for somewhere to live

He is dependent on his father for support . 他依靠父親過活。

More examples

  • The annual cost of income support to unmarried mothers amounted to £700 million in that year.
  • Farmers are eligible for government support if they let a certain amount of land lie fallow.
  • Will financial support for the theatre project be forthcoming?
  • Is there any hope of getting financial support for the project?
  • They are young inexperienced parents and need support.

support noun (HOLDING)

[ 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. 地板是由木支架撐起來的。
I've hurt my wrist, so I've bandaged it to give it some support. 我的手腕受傷了,所以綁上繃帶保護。

[ 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. 吉姆跑步時總是戴著護膝。

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  • Because of an unusually strong current, the bridge's central support gave way, tipping a coach into the river.
  • When restoring the building, the first priority was to underpin the exterior walls by adding wooden supports along the foundations.
  • The mattress has hundreds of small springs to provide extra support for the back.
  • Always provide support for the baby's head.
  • The shelf was held in place by two brick supports.

support noun (PROOF)

[ U ] something that shows that a fact is true

This new evidence lends support to the theory that she was murdered. 這新證據證明瞭她是遭到謀殺的說法。
We had to send a doctor's report in support of our claim to the insurance company. 我們得把醫生的報告寄給保險公司,為我們的索賠提供證明。

(Translation of “support” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Traditional) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)