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tr.v. sup·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.
3. To provide for or maintain by supplying with money or necessities: The homeless shelter is supported solely by donations.
4. 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).
6. To endure; tolerate: "At supper there was such a conflux of company that I could scarcely support the tumult" (Samuel Johnson).
7. To act in a secondary or subordinate role to (a leading performer).
8. To offer help or advice regarding (a product or service).
9. 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.
2. One that supports: How many supports does the bridge have?
3. The provision of money or the necessities of life: child support.
4. Help or advice offered to those encountering difficulties with a product or service.

[Middle English supporten, from Old French supporter, from Latin supportāre, to carry : sub-, from below; see sub- + portāre, to carry; see per- in Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: support, uphold, back1, advocate, champion
These verbs mean to give aid or encouragement to a person or cause. Support is the most general: "the policy of Cromwell, who supported the growing power of France against the declining power of Spain" (William E.H. Lecky).
To uphold is to maintain or affirm, often in the face of a challenge or strong opposition: "The Declaration of Right upheld the principle of hereditary monarchy" (Edmund Burke).
Back suggests material or moral support intended to contribute to or assure success: The important medical research was backed by the federal government. Advocate implies verbal support, often in the form of pleading or arguing: Scientists advocate a reduction in saturated fats in the human diet. To champion is to fight for one that is under attack or is unable to act in its own behalf: "[newspaper writers who] championed the government and defended the system of taxation" (Samuel Chew and Richard D. Altick).
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


  • whatnot - A series of open shelves supported by two or four upright posts, for displaying knickknacks.
  • oriel - A large, upper-story bay window, usually supported by brackets or on corbels.
  • portico - Describes a covered walkway with a roof supported by columns and usually attached as a porch to a building.
  • felly, felloe - The felly or felloe is the exterior rim on a wheel or the section of rim supported by a spoke.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.supported - sustained or maintained by aid (as distinct from physical support); "a club entirely supported by membership dues"; "well-supported allegations"
unsupported - not sustained or maintained by nonmaterial aid; "unsupported accusations"
2.supported - held up or having the weight borne especially from below; "supported joints in a railroad track have ties directly under the rail ends"
unsupported - not held up or borne; "removal of the central post left the roof unsupported"
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And beyond this, to keep the people quiet and without loss to the state, they always have the means of giving work to the community in those labours that are the life and strength of the city, and on the pursuit of which the people are supported; they also hold military exercises in repute, and moreover have many ordinances to uphold them.
"'No, no, I will not allow it; the willing fellows will make it a duty to support your arms, as of old, men supported those of the prophet.'
"'My friend,' said I, 'there is, I think, a great difference between being supported and being measured.'"
"Then," continued Porthos, "he made a sign: two lads approached; one supported my left arm, while the other, with infinite address, supported my right."
My mother did not relish this at all, and now made many objections to my accepting the situation; in which my sister warmly supported her: but, unwilling to be balked again, I overruled them all; and, having first obtained the consent of my father (who had, a short time previously, been apprised of these transactions), I wrote a most obliging epistle to my unknown correspondent, and, finally, the bargain was concluded.
They beheld the minister, leaning on Hester's shoulder, and supported by her arm around him, approach the scaffold, and ascend its steps; while still the little hand of the sin-born child was clasped in his.
Partly supported by Hester Prynne, and holding one hand of little Pearl's, the Reverend Mr.
Hester partly raised him, and supported his head against her bosom.
What Lucy had asserted to be true, therefore, Elinor could not, dared not longer doubt; supported as it was too on every side by such probabilities and proofs, and contradicted by nothing but her own wishes.
Supported by the conviction of having done nothing to merit her present unhappiness, and consoled by the belief that Edward had done nothing to forfeit her esteem, she thought she could even now, under the first smart of the heavy blow, command herself enough to guard every suspicion of the truth from her mother and sisters.
She was stronger alone, and her own good sense so well supported her, that her firmness was as unshaken, her appearance of cheerfulness as invariable, as with regrets so poignant and so fresh, it was possible for them to be.
His left hand was bloody; he wiped it on his coat and supported himself with it.

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