- Support means to carry, hold up or bear the weight of someone or something.
- An example of support is a tree branch that has a swing hanging from it.
- An example of support is someone carrying a child.
- Support is defined as to provide comfort, encouragement or financial assistance to someone.
- An example of support is listening to a friend in need.
- An example of support is lending money to a sibling.
A tree branch supports this swing.
- to carry or bear the weight of; keep from falling, slipping or sinking; hold up
- to carry or bear (a specified weight, strain, pressure, etc.)
- to give courage, faith, or confidence to; help or comfort
- to give approval to or be in favor of; subscribe to; uphold
- to maintain or provide for (a person, institution, etc.) with money, or subsistence
- to show or tend to show to be true; help prove, vindicate, or corroborate: evidence to support a claim
- to bear; endure; submit to; tolerate
- to keep up; maintain; sustain; specif., to maintain (the price of a specified commodity) as by government purchase of surpluses
- Comput. to be compatible withsee compatible (sense )
- Theater to act a subordinate role in the same play with (a specified star)
Origin of supportMiddle English supporten ; from Middle French supporter ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin supportare, to endure, bear ; from Classical Latin to carry, bring to a place ; from sub-, sub- + portare, to carry: see port
- a supporting or being supported
- a person or thing that supports; specif.,
- a prop, base, brace, etc.
- a means of subsistence
- an elastic, girdlelike device to support or bind a part of the body
- maintenance and service, as for a computer system's software or hardware: technical support
transitive verbsup·port·ed, sup·port·ing, sup·ports
- a. To bear the weight of, especially from below; keep from falling, sinking, or slipping: Pillars support the roof.b. To bear or hold up (an amount of weight): The bridge supports 10 tons.
- a. To keep from weakening or failing; give confidence or comfort to: The letter supported him in his grief.b. To keep from falling in value, as by government purchases: a program to support the price of wheat.
- To provide for or maintain by supplying with money or necessities: The homeless shelter is supported solely by donations.
- To furnish corroborating evidence for: New facts supported her story.
- a. To aid the cause, policy, or interests of: supported her in her election campaign.b. To argue in favor of; advocate: supported lower taxes.c. To have an enthusiastic interest in (a sports team).
- To endure; tolerate: “At supper there was such a conflux of company that I could scarcely support the tumult” (Samuel Johnson).
- To act in a secondary or subordinate role to (a leading performer).
- To offer help or advice regarding (a product or service).
- Computers To be compatible with (a program): That operating system does not support most new applications.
- a. The act of supporting: Our candidate needs your support.b. The state of being supported: The candidate's support has been overwhelming.
- One that supports: How many supports does the bridge have?
- The provision of money or the necessities of life: child support.
- Help or advice offered to those encountering difficulties with a product or service.
Origin of supportMiddle English supporten, from Old French supporter, from Latin supportāre, to carry : sub-, from below; see sub– + portāre, to carry; see per-2 in Indo-European roots.
- Something which supports. Often used attributively, as a complement or supplement to.
- Don't move that beam! It's a support for the whole platform.
- Financial or other help.
- The government provides support to the arts in several ways.
- Answers to questions and resolution of problems regarding something sold.
- Sure they sell the product, but do they provide support?
- (mathematics) in relation to a function, the set of points where the function is not zero, or the closure of that set.
- (fuzzy set theory) A set whose elements are at least partially included in a given fuzzy set (i.e., whose grade of membership in that fuzzy set is strictly greater than zero).
- If the membership function of a fuzzy set is continuous, then that fuzzy set's support is an open set.
- (mathematics): kernel
(third-person singular simple present supports, present participle supporting, simple past and past participle supported)
- To keep from falling.
- Don’t move that beam! It supports the whole platform.
- To answer questions and resolve problems regarding something sold.
- Sure they sell the product, but do they support it?
- To back a cause, party etc. mentally or with concrete aid.
- I support France in the World Cup
- To help, particularly financially.
- The government supports the arts in several ways.
- To verify; to make good; to substantiate; to establish; to sustain.
- The testimony is not sufficient to support the charges.
- The evidence will not support the statements or allegations.
- To serve, as in a customer-oriented mindset; to give support to.
- The IT Department supports the research organization, but not the sales force.
- I don't make decisions: I just support those who do.
- To be accountable for, or involved with, but not responsible for.
- I support the administrative activities of the executive branch of the organization
- (archaic) To endure without being overcome; bear; undergo; to tolerate.
- To assume and carry successfully, as the part of an actor; to represent or act; to sustain.
- to support the character of King Lear
- (to back a cause, party, etc.): oppose
support - Computer Definition
(1) See tech support.
(2) A widely used term in the industry to mean "to provide the capabilities for" or "to interface to" or "to include some function." Hardware Supports... The phrase "device X supports Y" means that X contains built-in circuitry to perform Y or it can interface to a module that does. For example, "the CPU supports multiprocessing" means it has multiprocessing capabilities built in. "The computer supports Ethernet" means the computer includes Ethernet capability and can plug into an Ethernet network. Software Supports... The phrase "program X supports Y" means that X includes routines to perform the Y operation or to interface to another program that does. For example, if a development system "supports Windows," the system is used to create Windows applications. "Application X supports database Y" means that X can connect to Y and has built-in routines to interact with it.
support - Investment & Finance Definition
A technical analysis term that indicates a level that prices will have difficulty moving below. Support is said to help stop prices from declining.