supportverb [T]uk /səˈpɔːt/ us /səˈpɔːrt/
support verb [T] (ENCOURAGE)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
support verb [T] (ACCEPT)
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supportnounuk /səˈpɔːt/ us /səˈpɔːrt/
support noun (ENCOURAGEMENT)
- 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)
support noun (MONEY)
- 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)
- 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)