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support (səˈpɔːt)
1.  to carry the weight of
2.  to bear or withstand (pressure, weight, etc)
3.  to provide the necessities of life for (a family, person, etc)
4.  to tend to establish (a theory, statement, etc) by providing new facts; substantiate
5.  to speak in favour of (a motion)
6.  to give aid or courage to
7.  to give approval to (a cause, principle, etc); subscribe to: to support a political candidature
8.  to endure with forbearance: I will no longer support bad behaviour
9.  to give strength to; maintain: to support a business
10.  (tr) (in a concert) to perform earlier than (the main attraction)
11.  films, theatre
 a.  to play a subordinate role to
 b.  to accompany (the feature) in a film programme
12.  to act or perform (a role or character)
13.  the act of supporting or the condition of being supported
14.  a thing that bears the weight or part of the weight of a construction
15.  a person who or thing that furnishes aid
16.  the means of maintenance of a family, person, etc
17.  a band or entertainer not topping the bill
18.  the support an actor or group of actors playing subordinate roles
19.  med an appliance worn to ease the strain on an injured bodily structure or part
20.  the solid material on which a painting is executed, such as canvas
21.  See athletic support
[C14: from Old French supporter, from Latin supportāre to bring, from sub- up + portāre to carry]

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