I. transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French supporter, from Late Latin supportare, from Latin, to transport, from sub- + portare to carry — more at fare Date: 14th century 1. to endure bravely or quietly ; bear 2. a. (1) to promote the interests or cause of (2) to uphold or defend as valid or right ; advocate <
supports fair play
(3) to argue or vote for <
supported the motion to lower taxes
b. (1) assist, help <
bombers supported the ground troops
(2) to act with (a star actor) (3) to bid in bridge so as to show support for c. to provide with substantiation ; corroborate <
support an alibi
3. a. to pay the costs of ; maintain <
support a family
b. to provide a basis for the existence or subsistence of <
the island could probably support three — A. B. C. Whipple
support a habit
4. a. to hold up or serve as a foundation or prop for b. to maintain (a price) at a desired level by purchases or loans; also to maintain the price of by purchases or loans 5. to keep from fainting, yielding, or losing courage ; comfort 6. to keep (something) going • supportability nounsupportable adjectivesupportive adjectivesupportiveness noun Synonyms: support, uphold, advocate, back, champion mean to favor actively one that meets opposition. support is least explicit about the nature of the assistance given <
supports waterfront development
. uphold implies extended support given to something attacked <
upheld the legitimacy of the military action
. advocate stresses urging or pleading <
advocated prison reform
. back suggests supporting by lending assistance to one failing or falling <
refusing to back the call for sanctions
. champion suggests publicly defending one unjustly attacked or too weak to advocate his or her own cause <
championed the rights of children
. II. noun Date: 14th century 1. a. the act or process of supporting ; the condition of being supported b. assistance provided by a company to users of its products <
customer support
2. one that supports — often used attributively <
a support staff
3. sufficient strength in a suit bid by one's partner in bridge to justify raising the suit

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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