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English definition of “support”

support

verb [T]     /səˈpɔːt/
AGREE B2 to agree with an idea, group, or person: Do you support their views on nuclear weapons?Backing, supporting and defendingDefending and protectingAllowing and permitting
PROVE to help to show that something is true: There's no evidence to support his story.Reasons and explanations
HOLD B2 to hold the weight of someone or something: Is this ladder strong enough to support me?Physical supports and supportingArches, columns and beams
PAY B1 to look after someone by paying for their food, clothes, etc: She has three children to support.Backing, supporting and defendingDefending and protectingHelping and co-operatingPaying and spending money
SPORT mainly UK B1 to like a particular sports team and want them to win: Who do you support?Audiences and spectators
(Definition of support verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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