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Definition of Support


  1. 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.
  2. To endure without being overcome, exhausted, or changed in character; to sustain; as, to support pain, distress, or misfortunes.
  3. To keep from failing or sinking; to solace under affictive circumstances; to assist; to encourage; to defend; as, to support the courage or spirits.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. To carry on; to enable to continue; to maintain; as, to support a war or a contest; to support an argument or a debate.
  7. 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.
  8. To vindicate; to maintain; to defend successfully; as, to be able to support one's own cause.
  9. 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.
  10. A attend as an honorary assistant; as, a chairman supported by a vice chairman; O'Connell left the prison, supported by his two sons.
  11. The act, state, or operation of supporting, upholding, or sustaining.
  12. That which upholds, sustains, or keeps from falling, as a prop, a pillar, or a foundation of any kind.
  13. 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.

Support Quotations

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
John F. Kennedy

In my deepest, darkest moments, what really got me through was a prayer. Sometimes my prayer was 'Help me.' Sometimes a prayer was 'Thank you.' What I've discovered is that intimate connection and communication with my creator will always get me through because I know my support, my help, is just a prayer away.
Iyanla Vanzant

We all fight over what the label 'feminism' means but for me it's about empowerment. It's not about being more powerful than men - it's about having equal rights with protection, support, justice. It's about very basic things. It's not a badge like a fashion item.
Annie Lennox

You can do anything as long as you have the passion, the drive, the focus, and the support.
Sabrina Bryan

Employee loyalty begins with employer loyalty. Your employees should know that if they do the job they were hired to do with a reasonable amount of competence and efficiency, you will support them.
Harvey Mackay
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Support Translations

support in Afrikaans is ondersteun
support in Dutch is stutten, steunen, schragen
support in Finnish is nojata
support in French is soutenez, appuyez, appuyons, appuyent, soutiens
support in Italian is sostenere, appogiare, appoggio, poggiare, sostegno
support in Latin is auxilium, faveo, patrocinor, foveo, suscipio
support in Spanish is soportar, apear, apoyo, acorro, socorro, sosten
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