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English definition of “support”


verb [T] uk   /səˈpɔːt/ us    /-ˈpɔːrt/

support verb [T] (ENCOURAGE)

B2 to agree with and give encouragement to someone or something because you want them or it to succeed: My father supported the Labour Party all his life. The majority of people in the town strongly support the plans to build a by-pass. I think it's important to support local businesses by buying locally. 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?

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. My family has always supported me in whatever I've wanted to do.

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. 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. I don't know how they manage to support their expensive lifestyle. Some drug addicts turn to crime in order to support their habit. 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.

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. When babies first learn to stand, they hold on to something to support themselves (= to stop themselves from falling). My ankle is rather weak, so I always put a bandage on it to support it when I play tennis.figurative The Bank of England has taken measures to support the pound (= to stop it from being reduced in value).

support verb [T] (PROVE)

C1 to help to show something to be true: These figures support my argument. You can't make a statement like that without any supporting documentation.

support verb [T] (ACCEPT)

formal to accept something and allow it to happen: The headteacher told the boys that he would not support that kind of behaviour.


noun uk   /səˈpɔːt/ us    /-ˈpɔːrt/

support noun (ENCOURAGEMENT)

B2 [U] agreement with and encouragement for an idea, group, or person: Environmental groups are fast gaining support among young people. We've succeeded in drumming up a lot of local support for our attempt to stop the hospital being closed. I signed a petition in support of the campaign to end the marketing of baby milk in developing countries.

support noun (HELP)

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

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 .

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. I've hurt my wrist, so I've got it bandaged to give it some support. [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.

support noun (PROOF)

[U] something that shows that a fact is true: This new evidence lends support to the theory that she was murdered. We had to send a doctor's report in support of our claim to the insurance company.
(Definition of support from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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