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support

sup·port

support

 
 
pronunciation:
s port
parts of speech:
verb, noun
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part of speech: verb
inflections: supported, supporting, supports
definition 1: to bear.
I know you're tired, but I can't support your weight, so you will have to walk.
synonyms:
bear, carry
similar words:
cradle, shoulder, take
definition 2: to hold up; brace.
The table is supported by four legs.
synonyms:
bear, brace, buttress, uphold
similar words:
bolster, cradle, prop, stake
definition 3: to help during a time of trouble or stress.
She supported me when I was ill.
synonyms:
bolster, comfort
similar words:
buoy up, cheer, encourage, help, reassure, uphold
definition 4: to provide enough for.
Parents support their families by working.
synonyms:
provide for, take care of
antonyms:
neglect
similar words:
finance, foster, fund
definition 5: to provide proof or evidence for.
What other people say supports his story.
antonyms:
counter
similar words:
affirm, bolster, confirm, establish, verify, vouch for
definition 6: to agree with or aid (a cause, idea, person, or group).
The governor supported the liberal candidate for president.Our group supports animal rights.
synonyms:
back, endorse, side
antonyms:
oppose
similar words:
defend, promote
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act supporting, or the condition of being supported.
Where can he get support?
synonyms:
encouragement
definition 2: someone or something that gives support.
He has been such a support to me during this time of trouble.
synonyms:
brace, buttress, prop
similar words:
base, basis, mount, resource, rest, stay
definition 3: favor or backing from those who agree.
The bill does not have enough support from Representatives to become law.
derivations: supportless (adj.), supportingly (adv.)
Word Builder: support +
  • supporting:
    giving support to a person or thing.
  • supportive:
    giving help to someone who needs it.
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Word Parts
The word support contains the following parts:
sup- Latin prefix that means under, below
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The prefix sup- occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of sub- used before roots that begin with "p," such as "port." See sub-