support Definition

  • 1to give assistance or encouragement to someone or something
  • 2to hold up the weight of something
  • 3a thing that bears the weight of something or keeps it upright

Using support: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "support" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I will support you in your decision.

  • Example

    The wall is not strong enough to support the weight of the roof.

  • Example

    The shelf provides support for the books.

  • Example

    The company has pledged to support local charities.

  • Example

    The government supports the arts through grants and funding.

support Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using support

  • hang on for dear life

    to hold on tightly to something for support, often in a dangerous or precarious situation


    As the rollercoaster went upside down, she hung on for dear life.

  • to reveal one's real character or intentions, often in a situation where they are expected to provide support or help


    When the going got tough, he showed his true colors and abandoned his teammates.

  • to use one's influence or resources to support someone or something


    The CEO threw her weight behind the new product launch.

Phrases with support

  • emotional support

    providing comfort and encouragement to someone who is going through a difficult time


    She relied on her friends for emotional support after her father passed away.

  • assistance provided with technical problems or issues


    If you have any issues with the software, please contact technical support.

  • money paid by a non-custodial parent to a custodial parent to help cover the costs of raising a child


    He was ordered to pay child support after the divorce.

Origins of support

from Old French 'supporter', from Latin 'supportare', from 'sub-' (from below) + 'portare' (to carry)


Summary: support in Brief

The term 'support' [səˈpɔːt] refers to giving assistance or encouragement, holding up weight, or providing a thing that bears weight. It can be used as a verb or a noun, and examples include 'I will support you in your decision,' 'The shelf provides support for the books,' and 'The government supports the arts through grants and funding.' Phrases like 'emotional support' and 'child support' extend its meaning, while idioms like 'hang on for dear life' and 'show one's true colors' add color to its usage.

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