The verb support means to bear weight or load, or otherwise support. If you build a house with blocks, you can safely remove some of them, but if you remove one that is supporting the weight of the blocks above it, the whole structure can collapse. Timber!

If you agree with or approve of a cause, person, idea, or the like, you support it. If you support a certain charity, you may donate your time or money to the cause. The verb support also means to strengthen with new evidence; to corroborate. When politicians make an argument, they support it by providing "facts and figures." Your job is to figure out whether their evidence has been twisted to support their positions. Good luck.

Primary Meanings of support

the act of bearing the weight of or strengthening
be the physical support of; carry the weight of
the activity of providing for or maintaining by supplying with money or necessities
support materially or financially
documentary validation
establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts
play a subordinate role to (another performer)
a musical part (vocal or instrumental) that supports or provides background for other musical parts
adopt as a belief
put up with something or somebody unpleasant
Full Definitions of support

n the act of bearing the weight of or strengthening

“he leaned against the wall for support
propping up, shoring, shoring up
the act of propping up with shores
dangling, hanging, suspension
the act of suspending something (hanging it from above so it moves freely)
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any specific behavior

n any device that bears the weight of another thing

“there was no place to attach supports for a shelf”
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andiron, dog, dog-iron, firedog
metal supports for logs in a fireplace
arch support
a support for the arch of the foot
back, backrest
a support that you can lean against while sitting
a board used to support the back of someone or something
one of a number of closely spaced supports for a railing
a horizontal rod that serves as a support for gymnasts as they perform exercises
base, pedestal, stand
a support or foundation
a rotating support placed between moving parts to allow them to move easily
bearing wall
any wall supporting a floor or the roof of a building
any of 4 vertical supports at the corners of a bedstead
a support placed at the end of a row of books to keep them upright (on a shelf or table)
a support that steadies or strengthens something else
bracket, wall bracket
a support projecting from a wall (as to hold a shelf)
a wooden support that holds the strings up
a support resembling a pedal extremity
foothold, footing
a place providing support for the foot in standing or climbing
a support for the hand
anything from which something can be hung
a support consisting of an arrangement of straps for holding something to the body (especially one supporting a person suspended from a parachute)
a pair of curved vertical supports for a lampshade
the stationary support in a machine or power tool that supports and drives a revolving part (as a chuck or the spindle on a lathe)
one of the supports for a piece of furniture
support consisting of a branch or rod that serves as a resting place (especially for a bird)
a support for two adjacent bridge spans
(architecture) a vertical supporting structure (as a portion of wall between two doors or windows)
pillow block
a cast-iron or steel block for supporting a journal or bearing
rack, stand
a support for displaying various articles
a support on which things can be put
support resembling the rib of an animal
a curved support that permits the supported object to rock to and fro
any support where you can sit (especially the part of a chair or bench etc. on which you sit)
a support that consists of a horizontal surface for holding objects
radius, spoke, wheel spoke
support consisting of a radial member of a wheel joining the hub to the rim
stair, step
support consisting of a place to rest the foot while ascending or descending a stairway
stirrup, stirrup iron
support consisting of metal loops into which rider's feet go
gunstock, stock
the handle of a handgun or the butt end of a rifle or shotgun or part of the support of a machine gun or artillery gun
structural member
support that is a constituent part of any structure or building
support consisting of the movable part of a lathe that slides along the bed in alignment with the headstock and is locked into position to support the free end of the workpiece
football tee, tee
support holding a football on end and above the ground preparatory to the kickoff
framework that serves as a support for the body of a vehicle
support consisting of a wooden frame across the shoulders that enables a person to carry buckets hanging from each end
angle bracket, angle iron
an L-shaped metal bracket
ankle brace
a brace worn to strengthen the ankle
a support for the arm
any of the seats occupied by backbenchers in the House of Commons
back brace
a brace worn to support the back
a seat at the back of a vehicle (especially the seat at the back of an automobile)
ball bearing, needle bearing, roller bearing
bearings containing small metal balls
long thick piece of wood or metal or concrete, etc., used in construction
balloon seat, bell seat
a seat that has a bell shape (on some 18th century chairs)
bicycle seat, saddle
a seat for the rider of a bicycle
a stand to support a corpse or a coffin prior to burial
boatswain's chair, bosun's chair
a seat consisting of a board and a rope; used while working aloft or over the side of a ship
a shelf on which to keep books
brace, bracing
a structural member used to stiffen a framework
brass monkey
a metal stand that formerly held cannon balls on sailing ships
bucket seat
a low single seat as in cars or planes
the back of a saddle seat
car seat
a seat in a car
a particular seat in an orchestra
chin rest
a rest on which a violinist can place the chin
clothes hanger, coat hanger, dress hanger
a hanger that is shaped like a person's shoulders and used to hang garments on
seat where the driver sits while driving a racing car
an ornamental scroll-shaped bracket (especially one used to support a wall fixture)
corbel, truss
(architecture) a triangular bracket of brick or stone (usually of slight extent)
corbel step, corbie-step, corbiestep, crow step
(architecture) a step on the top of a gable wall
any of the seats in the House of Commons used by members who do not vote regularly with either the government or the Opposition
a stand for cruets containing various condiments
dress rack
a rack used primarily to display dresses for sale in a store
capsule, ejection seat, ejector seat
a pilot's seat in an airplane that can be forcibly ejected in the case of an emergency; then the pilot descends by parachute
fifth wheel
a steering bearing that enables the front axle of a horse-drawn wagon to rotate
front bench
any of the front seats in the House of Commons that are reserved for ministers or former ministers
a rest for the head
a shelf beside an open fire where something can be kept warm
houdah, howdah
a (usually canopied) seat for riding on the back of a camel or elephant
journal bearing
the bearing of a journal
jump seat
a folding seat in an automobile
knee brace
a brace worn to strengthen the knee
the backrest of a chair that consists of two uprights with connecting slats
landing gear
an undercarriage that supports the weight of the plane when it is on the ground
magazine rack
a rack for displaying magazines
chimneypiece, mantel, mantelpiece, mantle, mantlepiece
shelf that projects from wall above fireplace
(architecture) one of a set of ornamental brackets under a cornice
music rack, music stand
a light stand for holding sheets of printed music
neck brace
a brace worn to steady the neck
a shelf over a mantelpiece
a seat behind the rider of a horse or motorbike etc.
pistol grip
a handle (as of a gun or saw) shaped like the butt of a pistol
plane seat
a seat on a commercial airliner
structural member consisting of a horizontal beam that provides bearing and anchorage
structural member consisting of the vertical part of a stair or step
a perch on which domestic fowl rest or sleep
a servant's seat (or luggage compartment) in the rear of a carriage
rumble seat
a folding outside seat in the back of some early cars
a seat for the rider of a horse or camel
saddle seat
a chair seat that is slightly concave and sometimes has a thickened ridge in the center
a decorative wall bracket for holding candles or other sources of light
screw thread, thread
the raised helical rib going around a screw
shelf bracket
a bracket to support a shelf
structural member consisting of a continuous horizontal timber forming the lowest member of a framework or supporting structure
a brace that extends from the rear of the keel to support the rudderpost
sliding seat
rower's seat that slides fore and aft
spice rack
a rack for displaying containers filled with spices
a base or platform on which hay or corn is stacked
hanger consisting of a loop of leather suspended from the ceiling of a bus or train; passengers hold onto it
thrust bearing
a bearing designed to take thrusts parallel to the axis of revolution
a small foothold used in climbing
structural member consisting of the horizontal part of a stair or step
a three-legged rack used for support
a stand with short feet used under a hot dish on a table
a three-legged metal stand for supporting a cooking vessel in a hearth
upright, vertical
a vertical structural member as a post or stake
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an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose

n supporting structure that holds up or provides a foundation

“the statue stood on a marble support
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a masonry support that touches and directly receives thrust or pressure of an arch or bridge
the lowest part of an entablature; rests immediately on the capitals of the columns
the ground floor facade or interior in Renaissance architecture
buttress, buttressing
a support usually of stone or brick; supports the wall of a building
base, foot, foundation, fundament, groundwork, substructure, understructure
lowest support of a structure
footstall, pedestal, plinth
an architectural support or base (as for a column or statue)
a support placed beneath or against something to keep it from shaking or falling
a foundation of earth or rock supporting a road or railroad track
arc-boutant, flying buttress
a buttress that stands apart from the main structure and connected to it by an arch
pitprop, sprag
a wooden prop used to support the roof of a mine
raft foundation
a foundation (usually on soft ground) consisting of an extended layer of reinforced concrete
a plain plinth that supports a wall
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supporting structure
a structure that serves to support something

v be the physical support of; carry the weight of

“He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam”
hold, hold up, sustain
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provide with a scaffold for support
support, secure, or raise with a block
bear or be able to bear the weight, pressure,or responsibility of
support on chocks
buoy, buoy up
keep afloat
support on poles
support with brackets
support from beneath
prop, prop up, shore, shore up
support by placing against something solid or rigid
support structurally
support by bracing
prop up with a pillow or bolster
brace (an archer's bow) by pressing the foot against the center

n the activity of providing for or maintaining by supplying with money or necessities

“his support kept the family together”
“they gave him emotional support during difficult times”
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maintenance, sustainment, sustenance, sustentation, upkeep
the act of sustaining life by food or providing a means of subsistence
logistic assistance, logistic support
assistance between and within military commands
integrated logistic support
the pooling of specific resources by subscribing nations for the support of some joint operation
international logistic support, mutual aid
arrangements made between nations to assist each other
interagency support, interdepartmental support
provision of logistic (or administrative) support by one or more of the military services to one or more departments or agencies of the United States government
inter-service support
action by one military service to provide logistic (or administrative) support to another military service
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any specific behavior

n a military operation (often involving new supplies of men and materiel) to strengthen a military force or aid in the performance of its mission

“they called for artillery support
reenforcement, reinforcement
close support
close-in firing by one unit against an enemy engaged by another unit
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military operation, operation
activity by a military or naval force (as a maneuver or campaign)

n the financial means whereby one lives

“he applied to the state for support
bread and butter, keep, livelihood, living, sustenance
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amenities, comforts, conveniences, creature comforts
things that make you comfortable and at ease
means of maintenance of a family or group
meal ticket
a source of income or livelihood
minimal (or marginal) resources for subsisting
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available source of wealth; a new or reserve supply that can be drawn upon when needed

n financial resources provided to make some project possible

“the foundation provided support for the experiment”
backing, financial backing, financial support, funding
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available source of wealth; a new or reserve supply that can be drawn upon when needed

n something providing immaterial assistance to a person or cause or interest

“the policy found little public support
“his faith was all the support he needed”
“the team enjoyed the support of their fans”
anchor, backbone, keystone, linchpin, lynchpin, mainstay
a central cohesive source of support and stability
support that enables people to survive or to continue doing something (often by providing an essential connection)
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a cognitive factor that tends to have an effect on what you do

n aiding the cause or policy or interests of

“the president no longer has the support of his own party”
“they developed a scheme of mutual support
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adherence, adhesion, attachment
faithful support for a cause or political party or religion
advocacy, protagonism
active support of an idea or cause etc.; especially the act of pleading or arguing for something
the act of sponsoring (either officially or financially)
endorsement, indorsement
the act of endorsing
approval, approving, blessing
the formal act of approving
the act of reassuring; restoring someone's confidence
acceptance, acceptation, adoption, espousal
the act of accepting with approval; favorable reception
excessive adherence to ecclesiastical forms and activities
cabalism, kabbalism
adherence to some extreme traditional theological concept or interpretation
adherence or attachment to a monarchy or to the principle of monarchal government
adherence to tradition (especially in cultural or religious matters)
backing, backup, championship, patronage
the act of providing approval and support
a vehement and vociferous advocacy of a cause
insistence, insistency
the act of insisting on something
the act of earnestly supporting or encouraging
aegis, auspices, egis, protection
kindly endorsement and guidance
admiration, appreciation
a favorable judgment
reinforcement, reward
an act performed to strengthen approved behavior
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aid, assist, assistance, help
the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose

v support materially or financially

“he does not support his natural children”
“The scholarship supported me when I was in college”
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furnish money for
subsidise, subsidize
support through subsidies
bring home the bacon, provide
supply means of subsistence; earn a living
see through
support financially through a period of time
patronise, patronize, sponsor
assume sponsorship of
supply with funds in return for a promised share of profits
provide with sufficient funds; finance
absorb, take over
take up, as of debts or payments
sponsor together with another sponsor
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transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody

v give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to

“She supported him during the illness”
back up
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assume responsibility for or leadership of
buy at, frequent, patronise, patronize, shop, shop at, sponsor
do one's shopping at; do business with; be a customer or client of
aid, assist, help
give help or assistance; be of service
advance, boost, encourage, further, promote
contribute to the progress or growth of
lend moral support to
back, endorse, indorse, second
give support or one's approval to
alleviate, ease, facilitate
make easier
connive at, wink at
give one's silent approval to
assist, attend, attend to, serve, wait on
work for or be a servant to
help as a benefactor
help out
be of help, as in a particular situation of need
be helpful or useful
succor, succour
help in a difficult situation
expedite, hasten
speed up the progress of; facilitate
be of use to, be useful to
care, give care
provide care for
help oneself, often through improvised means
foster, further
promote the growth of
incite or stimulate
contribute to the furtherance of
take further or advance
support or promote
conduce, contribute, lead
be conducive to

v be behind; approve of

back, endorse, indorse, plump for, plunk for
back, endorse, indorse, second
give support or one's approval to
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guarantee, warrant
stand behind and guarantee the quality, accuracy, or condition of
champion, defend
protect or fight for as a champion
cover, insure, underwrite
protect by insurance
certify, endorse, indorse
guarantee as meeting a certain standard
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O.K., approve, okay, sanction
give sanction to

v argue or speak in defense of

“She supported the motion to strike”
defend, fend for
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apologise, apologize, excuse, justify, rationalise, rationalize
defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning
stand up, stick up
defend against attack or criticism
stand up for; stick up for; of causes, principles, or ideals
color, colour, gloss
give a deceptive explanation or excuse for
offer as an excuse or plea
extenuate, mitigate, palliate
lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of
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argue, reason
present reasons and arguments

v be a regular customer or client of

keep going, patronage, patronise, patronize
keep going, run on
continue uninterrupted
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foster, nurture
help develop, help grow

n documentary validation

“the strongest support for this view is the work of Jones”
Type of:
proof, substantiation, validation
the act of validating; finding or testing the truth of something

v establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts

“The evidence supports the defendant”
affirm, confirm, corroborate, substantiate, sustain
contradict, negate
prove negative; show to be false
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back, back up
establish as valid or genuine
give supporting evidence
confirm the truth of
demonstrate, establish, prove, shew, show
establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment
support or supply with references
prove valid; show or confirm the validity of something
check, check off, mark, mark off, tick, tick off
put a check mark on or near or next to
ascertain, assure, check, control, ensure, insure, see, see to it
be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something
verify by consulting a source or authority
prove oneself
show one's ability or courage
prove formally; demonstrate by a mathematical, formal proof
specify the origin of
contradict, negate
prove negative; show to be false
prove to be of unsound mind or demonstrate someone's incompetence

v support with evidence or authority or make more certain or confirm

bear out, corroborate, underpin
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agree, check, correspond, fit, gibe, jibe, match, tally
be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics

v play a subordinate role to (another performer)

“Olivier supported Gielgud beautifully in the second act”
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act, play, represent
play a role or part

n a musical part (vocal or instrumental) that supports or provides background for other musical parts

accompaniment, backup, musical accompaniment
descant, discant
a decorative musical accompaniment (often improvised) added above a basic melody
an improvised musical accompaniment
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part, voice
the melody carried by a particular voice or instrument in polyphonic music

v adopt as a belief

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agree, concord, concur, hold
be in accord; be in agreement

v put up with something or somebody unpleasant

abide, bear, brook, digest, endure, put up, stand, stick out, stomach, suffer, tolerate
experience (emotional) pain
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accept, live with, swallow
tolerate or accommodate oneself to
hold still for, stand for
tolerate or bear
bear up
endure cheerfully
take lying down
suffer without protest; suffer or endure passively
take a joke
listen to a joke at one's own expense
sit out
endure to the end
bear (a cost or penalty), in recompense for some action
get one's lumps, take one's lumps
suffer the results or consequences of one's behavior or actions
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allow, countenance, let, permit
consent to, give permission