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English definition of “support”

support

verb [T] (ENCOURAGE)    /səˈpɔːt/ US  /-ˈpɔːrt/
B2 to agree with and give encouragement to someone or something because you want them 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.Backing, supporting and defendingDefending and protectingEncouraging and urging onInspiration and inspiring 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?Backing, supporting and defendingDefending and protectingEncouraging and urging onInspiration and inspiring
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