support

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.

Definitions of support
  1. noun
    the act of bearing the weight of or strengthening
    “he leaned against the wall for support
    synonyms: supporting
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    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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    activity
    any specific behavior
  2. noun
    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
    backboard
    a board used to support the back of someone or something
    baluster
    one of a number of closely spaced supports for a railing
    bar
    a horizontal rod that serves as a support for gymnasts as they perform exercises
    base, pedestal, stand
    a support or foundation
    bearing
    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
    bedpost
    any of 4 vertical supports at the corners of a bedstead
    bookend
    a support placed at the end of a row of books to keep them upright (on a shelf or table)
    brace
    a support that steadies or strengthens something else
    bracket, wall bracket
    a support projecting from a wall (as to hold a shelf)
    bridge
    a wooden support that holds the strings up
    foot
    a support resembling a pedal extremity
    foothold, footing
    a place providing support for the foot in standing or climbing
    handrest
    a support for the hand
    hanger
    anything from which something can be hung
    harness
    a support consisting of an arrangement of straps for holding something to the body (especially one supporting a person suspended from a parachute)
    harp
    a pair of curved vertical supports for a lampshade
    headstock
    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)
    leg
    one of the supports for a piece of furniture
    perch
    support consisting of a branch or rod that serves as a resting place (especially for a bird)
    pier
    a support for two adjacent bridge spans
    pier
    (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
    rest
    a support on which things can be put
    rib
    support resembling the rib of an animal
    rocker
    a curved support that permits the supported object to rock to and fro
    seat
    any support where you can sit (especially the part of a chair or bench etc. on which you sit)
    shelf
    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
    tailstock
    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
    undercarriage
    framework that serves as a support for the body of a vehicle
    yoke
    support consisting of a wooden frame across the shoulders that enables a person to carry buckets hanging from each end
    barre
    a horizontal rod that ballet dancers use as a support as they perform certain exercises
    angle bracket, angle iron
    an L-shaped metal bracket
    ankle brace
    a brace worn to strengthen the ankle
    armrest
    a support for the arm
    backbench
    any of the seats occupied by backbenchers in the House of Commons
    back brace
    a brace worn to support the back
    backseat
    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
    beam
    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
    bier
    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
    bookshelf
    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
    cantle
    the back of a saddle seat
    car seat
    a seat in a car
    chair
    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
    cockpit
    seat where the driver sits while driving a racing car
    console
    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
    crossbench
    any of the seats in the House of Commons used by members who do not vote regularly with either the government or the Opposition
    cruet-stand
    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
    headrest
    a rest for the head
    hob
    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
    ladder-back
    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
    modillion
    (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
    overmantel
    a shelf over a mantelpiece
    pillion
    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
    plate
    structural member consisting of a horizontal beam that provides bearing and anchorage
    riser
    structural member consisting of the vertical part of a stair or step
    roost
    a perch on which domestic fowl rest or sleep
    rumble
    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
    saddle
    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
    sconce
    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
    sill
    structural member consisting of a continuous horizontal timber forming the lowest member of a framework or supporting structure
    skeg
    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
    staddle
    a base or platform on which hay or corn is stacked
    strap
    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
    toehold
    a small foothold used in climbing
    tread
    structural member consisting of the horizontal part of a stair or step
    tripod
    a three-legged rack used for support
    trivet
    a stand, often with short feet, used under a hot dish on a table
    trivet
    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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    device
    an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose
  3. noun
    supporting structure that holds up or provides a foundation
    “the statue stood on a marble support
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    abutment
    a masonry support that touches and directly receives thrust or pressure of an arch or bridge
    architrave
    the lowest part of an entablature; rests immediately on the capitals of the columns
    basement
    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)
    prop
    a support placed beneath or against something to keep it from shaking or falling
    bed
    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
    socle
    a plain plinth that supports a wall
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    supporting structure
    a structure that serves to support something
  4. verb
    be the physical support of; carry the weight of
    “He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam”
    synonyms: hold, hold up, sustain
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    scaffold
    provide with a scaffold for support
    block
    support, secure, or raise with a block
    carry
    bear or be able to bear the weight, pressure,or responsibility of
    chock
    support on chocks
    buoy, buoy up
    keep afloat
    pole
    support on poles
    bracket
    support with brackets
    underpin
    support from beneath
    prop, prop up, shore, shore up
    support by placing against something solid or rigid
    truss
    support structurally
    brace
    support by bracing
    bolster
    prop up with a pillow or bolster
    tread
    brace (an archer's bow) by pressing the foot against the center
  5. noun
    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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    activity
    any specific behavior
  6. noun
    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
    synonyms: reenforcement, reinforcement
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    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)
  7. noun
    the financial means whereby one lives
    “he applied to the state for support
    synonyms: bread and butter, keep, livelihood, living, sustenance
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    amenities, comforts, conveniences, creature comforts
    things that make you comfortable and at ease
    maintenance
    means of maintenance of a family or group
    meal ticket
    a source of income or livelihood
    subsistence
    minimal (or marginal) resources for subsisting
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    resource
    available source of wealth; a new or reserve supply that can be drawn upon when needed
  8. noun
    financial resources provided to make some project possible
    “the foundation provided support for the experiment”
    synonyms: backing, financial backing, financial support, funding
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    resource
    available source of wealth; a new or reserve supply that can be drawn upon when needed
  9. noun
    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”
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    anchor, backbone, keystone, linchpin, lynchpin, mainstay
    a central cohesive source of support and stability
    lifeline
    support that enables people to survive or to continue doing something (often by providing an essential connection)
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    influence
    a cognitive factor that tends to have an effect on what you do
  10. noun
    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
    sponsorship
    the act of sponsoring (either officially or financially)
    endorsement, indorsement
    the act of endorsing
    approval, approving, blessing
    the formal act of approving
    reassurance
    the act of reassuring; restoring someone's confidence
    acceptance, acceptation, adoption, espousal
    the act of accepting with approval; favorable reception
    ecclesiasticism
    excessive adherence to ecclesiastical forms and activities
    cabalism, kabbalism
    adherence to some extreme traditional theological concept or interpretation
    royalism
    adherence or attachment to a monarchy or to the principle of monarchal government
    traditionalism
    adherence to tradition (especially in cultural or religious matters)
    backing, backup, championship, patronage
    the act of providing approval and support
    drumbeat
    a vehement and vociferous advocacy of a cause
    insistence, insistency
    the act of insisting on something
    urging
    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
  11. verb
    support materially or financially
    “he does not support his natural children”
    “The scholarship supported me when I was in college”
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    fund
    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
    grubstake
    supply with funds in return for a promised share of profits
    bankroll
    provide with sufficient funds; finance
    absorb, take over
    take up, as of debts or payments
    cosponsor
    sponsor together with another sponsor
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    give
    transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody
  12. verb
    give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to
    “She supported him during the illness”
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    sponsor
    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
    undergird
    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
    benefact
    help as a benefactor
    help out
    be of help, as in a particular situation of need
    subserve
    be helpful or useful
    succor, succour
    help in a difficult situation
    expedite, hasten
    speed up the progress of; facilitate
    avail
    be of use to, be useful to
    care, give care
    provide care for
    bootstrap
    help oneself, often through improvised means
    foster, further
    promote the growth of
    spur
    incite or stimulate
    help
    contribute to the furtherance of
    carry
    take further or advance
    feed
    support or promote
    conduce, contribute, lead
    be conducive to
  13. verb
    be behind; approve of
    synonyms: 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
  14. verb
    argue or speak in defense of
    “She supported the motion to strike”
    synonyms: 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
    uphold
    stand up for; stick up for; of causes, principles, or ideals
    color, colour, gloss
    give a deceptive explanation or excuse for
    plead
    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
  15. verb
    be a regular customer or client of
    synonyms: keep going, patronage, patronise, patronize
    keep going, run on
    continue uninterrupted
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    foster, nurture
    help develop, help grow
  16. noun
    documentary validation
    “the strongest support for this view is the work of Jones”
    synonyms: documentation
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    proof, substantiation, validation
    the act of validating; finding or testing the truth of something
  17. verb
    establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts
    “The evidence supports the defendant”
    synonyms: affirm, confirm, corroborate, substantiate, sustain
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    contradict, negate
    prove negative; show to be false
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    back, back up
    establish as valid or genuine
    vouch
    give supporting evidence
    verify
    confirm the truth of
    demonstrate, establish, prove, shew, show
    establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment
    document
    support or supply with references
    validate
    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
    check
    verify by consulting a source or authority
    prove oneself
    show one's ability or courage
    prove
    prove formally; demonstrate by a mathematical, formal proof
    source
    specify the origin of
    contradict, negate
    prove negative; show to be false
    stultify
    prove to be of unsound mind or demonstrate someone's incompetence
  18. verb
    support with evidence or authority or make more certain or confirm
    synonyms: 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
  19. verb
    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
  20. noun
    a musical part (vocal or instrumental) that supports or provides background for other musical parts
    synonyms: accompaniment, backup, musical accompaniment
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    descant, discant
    a decorative musical accompaniment (often improvised) added above a basic melody
    vamp
    an improvised musical accompaniment
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    part, voice
    the melody carried by a particular voice or instrument in polyphonic music
  21. verb
    adopt as a belief
    synonyms: subscribe
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    agree, concord, concur, hold
    be in accord; be in agreement
  22. verb
    put up with something or somebody unpleasant
    synonyms: abide, bear, brook, digest, endure, put up, stand, stick out, stomach, suffer, tolerate
    suffer
    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
    pay
    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
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