support

/səˈpɔt / (say suh'pawt)

verb (t)
1. to bear or hold up (a load, mass, structure, part, etc.).
2. to sustain or withstand (weight, etc.) without giving way.
3. to undergo or endure, especially with patience or submission; tolerate.
4. to sustain (a person, the mind, spirits, courage, etc.) under trial or affliction.
5. to maintain (a person, family, establishment, institution, etc.) by supplying with things necessary to existence; provide for.
6. to uphold (a person, cause, policy, etc.) by aid or countenance; back; second (efforts, aims, etc.)
7. to maintain or advocate (a theory, etc.)
8. to corroborate (a statement, etc.).
9. to sustain or act (a part, role, or character).
10. to act with or second (a leading actor), as on a stage; assist in any performance.
11. to form a secondary part of a program with: the main film will be supported by two short documentaries.
noun
12. the act of supporting.
13. the state of being supported.
14. maintenance, as of a person, family, etc., with necessities, means, or funds.
15. advocacy or endorsement.
16. a thing or a person that supports.
17. a prop or stay for carrying part of the weight of a structure.
18. Also, supporter. a device, usually of elastic cotton webbing, for holding up some part of the body, as a jockstrap.
19. practical or emotional assistance: she was a great source of support after his break-up; the company provides customer support to all its clients.
20. a thing or a person that gives aid or assistance.
21. a service providing assistance to the users of a product: product support; customer support.
22. an actor or group of actors playing secondary or subordinate roles.
23. the material, as canvas or wood, on which a picture is painted.
24. Gymnastics any of several positions of the body in which its weight is supported on the arms, usually on a beam.
{Middle English, from Old French supporter bear, from Latin supportāre convey}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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