Synonyms of support


1. support, activity

usage: 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"

2. support, aid, assist, assistance, help

usage: 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"

3. support, influence

usage: 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"

4. support, reinforcement, reenforcement, operation, military operation

usage: 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"

5. documentation, support, validation, proof, substantiation

usage: documentary validation; "his documentation of the results was excellent"; "the strongest support for this view is the work of Jones"

6. support, keep, livelihood, living, bread and butter, sustenance, resource

usage: the financial means whereby one lives; "each child was expected to pay for their keep"; "he applied to the state for support"; "he could no longer earn his own livelihood"

7. support, supporting structure

usage: supporting structure that holds up or provides a foundation; "the statue stood on a marble support"

8. support, supporting, activity

usage: the act of bearing the weight of or strengthening; "he leaned against the wall for support"

9. accompaniment, musical accompaniment, backup, support, part, voice

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

10. support, device

usage: any device that bears the weight of another thing; "there was no place to attach supports for a shelf"

11. support, financial support, funding, backing, financial backing, resource

usage: financial resources provided to make some project possible; "the foundation provided support for the experiment"


1. support, back up

usage: give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to; "She supported him during the illness"; "Her children always backed her up"

2. support, give

usage: support materially or financially; "he does not support his natural children"; "The scholarship supported me when I was in college"

3. back, endorse, indorse, plump for, plunk for, support, approve, O.K., okay, sanction

usage: be behind; approve of; "He plumped for the Labor Party"; "I backed Kennedy in 1960"

4. hold, support, sustain, hold up

usage: be the physical support of; carry the weight of; "The beam holds up the roof"; "He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam"; "What's holding that mirror?"

5. confirm, corroborate, sustain, substantiate, support, affirm

usage: establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts; "his story confirmed my doubts"; "The evidence supports the defendant"

6. subscribe, support, agree, hold, concur, concord

usage: adopt as a belief; "I subscribe to your view on abortion"

7. corroborate, underpin, bear out, support, match, fit, correspond, check, jibe, gibe, tally, agree

usage: support with evidence or authority or make more certain or confirm; "The stories and claims were born out by the evidence"

8. defend, support, fend for, argue, reason

usage: argue or speak in defense of; "She supported the motion to strike"

9. support, act, play, represent

usage: play a subordinate role to (another performer); "Olivier supported Gielgud beautifully in the second act"

10. patronize, patronise, patronage, support, keep going, foster, nurture

usage: be a regular customer or client of; "We patronize this store"; "Our sponsor kept our art studio going for as long as he could"

11. digest, endure, stick out, stomach, bear, stand, tolerate, support, brook, abide, suffer, put up, permit, allow, let, countenance

usage: put up with something or somebody unpleasant; "I cannot bear his constant criticism"; "The new secretary had to endure a lot of unprofessional remarks"; "he learned to tolerate the heat"; "She stuck out two years in a miserable marriage"

WordNet 3.0 Copyright © 2006 by Princeton University.
All rights reserved.

Definition and meaning of support (Dictionary)