[sə'pɔːt] or [sə'pɔrt]


(noun.) a military operation (often involving new supplies of men and materiel) to strengthen a military force or aid in the performance of its mission; 'they called for artillery support'.

(noun.) the act of bearing the weight of or strengthening; 'he leaned against the wall for support'.

(noun.) aiding the cause or policy or interests of; 'the president no longer has the support of his own party'; 'they developed a scheme of mutual support'.

(noun.) the activity of providing for or maintaining by supplying with money or necessities; 'his support kept the family together'; 'they gave him emotional support during difficult times'.

(noun.) any device that bears the weight of another thing; 'there was no place to attach supports for a shelf'.

(noun.) supporting structure that holds up or provides a foundation; 'the statue stood on a marble support'.

(noun.) something providing immaterial assistance to a person or cause or interest; 'the policy found little public support'; 'his faith was all the support he needed'; 'the team enjoyed the support of their fans'.

(noun.) the financial means whereby one lives; 'each child was expected to pay for their keep'; 'he applied to the state for support'; 'he could no longer earn his own livelihood'.

(noun.) financial resources provided to make some project possible; 'the foundation provided support for the experiment'.

(verb.) play a subordinate role to (another performer); 'Olivier supported Gielgud beautifully in the second act'.

(verb.) support materially or financially; 'he does not support his natural children'; 'The scholarship supported me when I was in college'.

(verb.) give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to; 'She supported him during the illness'; 'Her children always backed her up'.

编辑:奥斯本--From WordNet


(v. t.) To bear by being under; to keep from falling; to uphold; to sustain, in a literal or physical sense; to prop up; to bear the weight of; as, a pillar supports a structure; an abutment supports an arch; the trunk of a tree supports the branches.

(v. t.) To endure without being overcome, exhausted, or changed in character; to sustain; as, to support pain, distress, or misfortunes.

(v. t.) To keep from failing or sinking; to solace under affictive circumstances; to assist; to encourage; to defend; as, to support the courage or spirits.

(v. t.) To assume and carry successfully, as the part of an actor; to represent or act; to sustain; as, to support the character of King Lear.

(v. t.) To furnish with the means of sustenance or livelihood; to maintain; to provide for; as, to support a family; to support the ministers of the gospel.

(v. t.) To carry on; to enable to continue; to maintain; as, to support a war or a contest; to support an argument or a debate.

(v. t.) To verify; to make good; to substantiate; to establish; to sustain; as, the testimony is not sufficient to support the charges; the evidence will not support the statements or allegations.

(v. t.) To vindicate; to maintain; to defend successfully; as, to be able to support one's own cause.

(v. t.) To uphold by aid or countenance; to aid; to help; to back up; as, to support a friend or a party; to support the present administration.

(v. t.) A attend as an honorary assistant; as, a chairman supported by a vice chairman; O'Connell left the prison, supported by his two sons.

(n.) The act, state, or operation of supporting, upholding, or sustaining.

(n.) That which upholds, sustains, or keeps from falling, as a prop, a pillar, or a foundation of any kind.

(n.) That which maintains or preserves from being overcome, falling, yielding, sinking, giving way, or the like; subsistence; maintenance; assistance; reenforcement; as, he gave his family a good support, the support of national credit; the assaulting column had the support of a battery.



v. a. [1]. Sustain, uphold, prop, brace, bear up, hold up, shore up.[2]. Endure, bear, undergo, suffer, tolerate, put up with, go through.[3]. Cherish, nourish, maintain, provide for.[4]. Have, hold, keep up.[5]. Perform, play, act, take the part of.[6]. Substantiate, confirm, make good, verify.[7]. Assist, aid, help, second, patronize, abet, befriend, back, countenance, encourage, back up.[8]. Further, forward, advocate, vindicate.[9]. Accompany (as an assistant), attend, act as aid to.

n. [1]. Prop, stay, shore, supporter, brace, hold.[2]. Base, basis, bed, foundation.[3]. Sustenance, maintenance, FEED, subsistence, livelihood, living, keeping.[4]. Aid, help, assistance, succor, favor, countenance, encouragement, patronage, comfort.



SYN:Bear, uphold, sustain, underlie, befriend, assist, second, promote, further,suffer, defend, foster, nurture, nourish, cherish, endorse, maintain, continue,countenance, patronize, subsidize, help, back, stay, favor, prop

ANT:Drop, betray, surrender, abandon, discontinue, oppose, discourage, weaken,exhaust, thwart, discountenance, disfavor, subvert, suppress

SYN:Prop, stay, foundation, buttress, help, aid, assistance, influence,maintenance, living, patronage, subsistence, livelihood, food,[See ADDENDUM]



v.t. to bear up: to endure or sustain: to keep up as a part or character: to make good: to defend: to represent in acting: to supply with means of living: to uphold by countenance patronise: to follow on the same side as a speaker.—n. act of supporting or upholding: that which supports sustains or maintains: maintenance: an actor playing a subordinate part with a star: an accompaniment in music.—adj. Support′able capable of being supported: endurable: capable of being maintained.—n. Support′ableness.—adv. Support′ably.—ns. Support′ance (Shak.) support; Support′er one who or that which supports: an adherent: a defender: (her.) a figure on each side of the escutcheon.—adjs. Support′ing Support′ive.—n.fem. Support′ress.





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