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English definition of “support”

support

verb [T]     /səˈpɔːt/
to show that you agree with someone or something and want to encourage them: If your boss raises any objections , I'm willing to support you. I don't support the idea of outsourcing the work .
to help someone, or offer help with something, when this is needed : Unfortunately the company can no longer support this software . We offer insight into how to build a service strategy to support your growth objectives . 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 buy food and clothes and pay for somewhere to live : My starting salary wasn't enough to support a family .
if you support an activity , you provide money for it: The drug company is supporting cancer research . I don't know how they manage to support their expensive lifestyle . 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 engine assembly .
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 .
(Definition of support verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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