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 bear the weight of, especially from below.
- To hold in position so as to keep from falling, sinking, or slipping.
- To be capable of bearing; withstand: "His flaw'd heart . . . too weak the conflict to support” ( Shakespeare).
- To keep from weakening or failing; strengthen: The letter supported him in his grief.
- To provide for or maintain, by supplying with money or necessities.
- To furnish corroborating evidence for: New facts supported her story.
- To aid the cause, policy, or interests of: supported her in her election campaign.
- To argue in favor of; advocate: supported lower taxes.
- To endure; tolerate: "At supper there was such a conflux of company that I could scarcely support the tumult” ( Samuel Johnson).
- To act in a secondary or subordinate role to (a leading performer).
- The act of supporting.
- The state of being supported.
- One that supports.
- Maintenance, as of a family, with the necessities of life.