• (RP) IPA: /səˈpɔːt/, [səˈpʰɔːt]
  • (America) IPA: /səˈpɔɹt/, [səˈpʰɔɹt], [səˈpʰoɹt]
  • (rhotic, horse-hoarse) IPA: /səˈpo(ː)ɹt/
  • (nonrhotic, horse-hoarse) IPA: /səˈpoət/

support (supports, present participle supporting; past and past participle supported)

  1. (transitive) To keep from falling.
    Don’t move that beam! It supports the whole platform.
  2. (transitive) To answer questions and resolve problems regarding something sold.
    Sure they sell the product, but do they support it?
  3. (transitive) To back a cause, party, etc., mentally or with concrete aid.
    I support France in the World Cup.
  4. (transitive) To help, particularly financially.
    The government supports the arts in several ways.
  5. 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 urge such arguments, as though they were sufficient to support and demonstrate a whole scheme of moral philosophy
  6. (transitive) 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, but I support those who do.
  7. (transitive) To be designed (said of machinery, electronics, or computers, or their parts, accessories, peripherals, or programming) to function compatibly with or provide the capacity for.
    Early personal computers did not support voice-recognition hardware or software.
  8. (transitive) To be accountable for, or involved with, but not responsible for.
    I support the administrative activities of the executive branch of the organization.
  9. (archaic) To endure without being overcome; bear; undergo; to tolerate.
    • This fierce demeanour and his insolence / The patience of a god could not support.
    • 1881, Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginibus Puerisque:
      For a strong affection such moments are worth supporting, and they will end well; for your advocate is in your lover's heart and speaks her own language […]
  10. To assume and carry successfully, as the part of an actor; to represent or act; to sustain.
    to support the character of King Lear
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  • (to back a cause, party, etc.) oppose
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  1. (sometimes, attributive) Something which supports.
    Don't move that beam! It's a support for the whole platform.
  2. Financial or other help.
    The government provides support to the arts in several ways.
  3. Answers to questions and resolution of problems regarding something sold.
    Sure they sell the product, but do they provide support?
  4. (mathematics) in relation to a function, the set of points where the function is not zero, or the closure of that set.
    • The first mention of wavelets appeared in an appendix to the thesis of A. Haar (1909). One property of the Haar wavelet is that it has compact support, which means that it vanishes outside of a finite interval. Unfortunately, Haar wavelets are not continuously differentiable which somewhat limits their applications.
  5. (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.
  6. Evidence.
    The new research provides further support for our theory.
  7. (computing) Compatibility and functionality for a given product or feature.
    This game has no mouse support.
  8. An actor playing a subordinate part with a star.
  9. An accompaniment in music.
  10. (gymnastics) Clipping of support position.
  11. (structural analysis) Horizontal, vertical or rotational support of structures: movable, hinged, fixed.
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