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"support" in British English

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supportverb [T]

uk   /səˈpɔːt/  us   /-ˈpɔːrt/
  • 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. The ​majority of ​people in the ​townstrongly support the ​plans to ​build a new ​school. I ​think it's ​important to support ​localbusinesses by ​buyinglocally.B1 mainly UK (US usually root for) If you support a ​sportsteam or a ​sportsplayer, you ​want them to ​win, and might show it by going to ​watch them ​play: Which ​team do you support?

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  • 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 ​stopdrinking too much ​alcohol. My ​family has always supported me in whatever I've ​wanted to do.

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  • support verb [T] (PROVIDE)

B1 to give a ​person the ​money they need in ​order to ​buyfood and ​clothes and ​pay for ​somewhere to ​live: He has a ​wife and four ​children to support.B2 If you support an ​activity or a ​habit, you ​provide the ​moneyneeded to ​pay for it: The ​drugcompany is supporting ​cancerresearch. I don't ​know how they ​manage to support ​theirexpensivelifestyle. Some ​drugaddictsturn to ​crime in ​order to support ​theirhabit. to ​provide the ​rightconditions, such as enough ​food and ​water, for ​life: The ​land is so ​poor here that it cannot support any ​crops.

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  • support verb [T] (STOP FROM FALLING)

C2 to ​hold something ​firmly or ​carryitsweight, ​especially from below to ​stop it from ​falling: The ​churchdome is supported by/onmarblepillars. When ​babies first ​learn to ​stand, they ​hold on to something to support themselves (= to ​stop themselves from ​falling). My ​ankle is ​weak, so I always put a ​bandage on it to support it when I ​playtennis.figurative The Bank of ​England has taken ​measures to support the ​pound (= to ​stop it from being ​reduced in ​value).

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  • 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.

supportnoun

uk   /səˈpɔːt/  us   /-ˈpɔːrt/
  • support noun (ENCOURAGEMENT)

B2 [U] agreement with and ​encouragement for an ​idea, ​group, or ​person: Environmental ​groups are ​fastgaining support among ​youngpeople. We've ​succeeded in drumming up a lot of ​local support forourattempt to ​stop the ​superstore being ​built. I ​signed a ​petition in support of the ​campaign to end the ​marketing of ​babyformula in ​developingcountries.

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  • support noun (HELP)

B1 [C or U] emotional or ​practicalhelp: Liz gave me a lot of support when I ​lost my ​job. You've been a ​great support to my ​mum in this ​difficulttime.

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  • support noun (MONEY)

B2 [U] the ​money someone ​needs in ​order to ​buyfood and ​clothes and ​pay for ​somewhere to ​live: He is ​dependent on his ​father for support .

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  • support noun (HOLDING)

[C or U] something that ​holds something ​firmly or ​carriesitsweight, ​especially from below to ​stop it from ​falling: The ​floor is ​held up by ​wooden supports. I've ​hurt my ​wrist, so I've ​bandaged it to give it some support. [C] a ​deviceworn to ​holdpart of the ​body, ​especially a ​weakpart, ​firmly in ​position: Jim always ​wears a ​knee support when he goes ​running.

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(Definition of support from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"support" in American English

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supportverb [T]

 us   /səˈpɔrt, -ˈpoʊrt/
  • support verb [T] (ENCOURAGE)

to give ​encouragement and ​approval to someone or something because you ​want the ​person or thing to ​succeed: The ​presidentstrongly supported Egypt’s ​role in the ​negotiations.
  • support verb [T] (HELP)

to ​help someone or something in an ​emotional or ​practical way: My ​family always supported me in whatever I ​wanted to do. Many ​companies support ​publictelevision very ​generously.
  • support verb [T] (PROVIDE)

to ​provide someone with ​money or ​physical things that are ​needed: She has to ​work at two ​jobs to support her ​family.
  • support verb [T] (PROVE)

to show or ​seem to ​prove something to be ​true: New ​research supports the ​theory.
  • support verb [T] (STOP FROM FALLING)

to ​hold something ​firmly or ​bearitsweight, esp. from below, to ​stop it from ​falling: The ​pole is supported by ​wires.

supportnoun

 us   /səˈpɔrt, -ˈpoʊrt/
  • support noun (HELP)

[U] emotional or ​practicalhelp: I got a lot of support from my ​friends and ​colleagues.
  • support noun (PROVIDING MONEY)

[U] money or ​physical things that are ​provided to someone who ​needs them: The ​governmentpromisedfinancial support to the ​areasaffected by the ​flooding.
  • support noun (PROOF)

[U] information or ​facts that ​prove something to be ​true; ​proof: He ​producedcharts and ​graphs in support of his ​argument.
  • support noun (ENCOURAGEMENT)

[U] approval and ​encouragement given to someone or something: The ​senatorvoiced his support for making ​healthcareavailable to all.
  • support noun (HOLDING THINGS UP)

[C/U] something that ​holds something ​firmly or ​bearsitsweight, to ​stop it from ​falling: [C] The ​floor is ​held up by ​wooden supports. [U] You may have to use ​crutches for support while ​yourankleheals.
(Definition of support from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"support" in Business English

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supportverb [T]

uk   us   /səˈpɔːt/
to show that you ​agree with someone or something and want to encourage them: If your ​bossraises any ​objections, I'm ​willing to support you. I don't support the ​idea of ​outsourcing the ​work.
to ​help someone, or ​offerhelp with something, when this is needed: Unfortunately the ​company can no ​longer support this ​software. We ​offer insight into how to ​build a ​servicestrategy to support your ​growthobjectives. 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 ​buyfood and clothes and ​pay for somewhere to ​live: My ​startingsalary wasn't enough to support a family.
if you support an ​activity, you ​providemoney for it: The ​drugcompany is supporting cancer ​research. I don't know how they ​manage to support their ​expensivelifestyle. 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 ​engineassembly.
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.

supportnoun [U]

uk   us   /səˈpɔːt/
agreement with and encouragement for an ​idea, ​group, or ​person: support for sb/sth There was little support for the ​proposal among the Board ​memberspresent.in support of sth The ​postalworkers have come out on ​strike in support of their ​payclaim. Environmental ​groups are fast gaining support among young ​people. The new ​legislation received widespread support.
emotional or practical ​help: We are going to need a lot of support if we want to get this ​job done on ​time.support for sb/sth Is there any hope of getting ​financial support for the ​project?
the ​act of ​stopping something ​falling in ​value or becoming less ​strong: support for sth The Bank has promised support for the ​ailingcurrency.
something that helps to show that something is ​true: support for sth These new facts gave me some support for my interpretation.in support of sth Do you have any ​data in support of your ​theory?
(Definition of support from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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