meaning of support

1. To bear by being under; to keep from falling; to uphold; to sustain, in a literal or physical sense; to prop up; to bear the weight of; as, a pillar supports a structure; an abutment supports an arch; the trunk of a tree supports the branches.
To endure without being overcome, exhausted, or changed in character; to sustain; as, to support pain, distress, or misfortunes.
To keep from failing or sinking; to solace under affictive circumstances; to assist; to encourage; to defend; as, to support the courage or spirits.
To assume and carry successfully, as the part of an actor; to represent or act; to sustain; as, to support the character of King Lear.
To furnish with the means of sustenance or livelihood; to maintain; to provide for; as, to support a family; to support the ministers of the gospel.
To carry on; to enable to continue; to maintain; as, to support a war or a contest; to support an argument or a debate.
To verify; to make good; to substantiate; to establish; to sustain; as, the testimony is not sufficient to support the charges; the evidence will not support the statements or allegations.
To vindicate; to maintain; to defend successfully; as, to be able to support ones own cause.
To uphold by aid or countenance; to aid; to help; to back up; as, to support a friend or a party; to support the present administration.
A attend as an honorary assistant; as, a chairman supported by a vice chairman; OConnell left the prison, supported by his two sons.
The act, state, or operation of supporting, upholding, or sustaining.
That which upholds, sustains, or keeps from falling, as a prop, a pillar, or a foundation of any kind.
That which maintains or preserves from being overcome, falling, yielding, sinking, giving way, or the like; subsistence; maintenance; assistance; reenforcement; as, he gave his family a good support, the support of national credit; the assaulting column had the support of a battery.
support After-sale handholding; something many software vendors promise but few deliver. To hackers, most support people are useless - because by the time a hacker calls support he or she will usually know the software and the relevant manuals better than the support people sadly, this is *not* a joke or exaggeration. A hackers idea of "support" is a tÛte-Ó-tÛte or exchange of electronic mail with the softwares designer. [Jargon File]
documentary validation; "his documentation of the results was excellent"; "the strongest support for this this view is the work of ">Jones"

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