Pronunciation: (su-pôrt', -pōrt'),[key] —v.t. 1. to bear or hold up (a load, mass, structure, part, etc.); serve as a foundation for.
2. to sustain or withstand (weight, pressure, strain, etc.) without giving way; serve as a prop for.
3. to undergo or endure, esp. with patience or submission; tolerate.
4. to sustain (a person, the mind, spirits, courage, etc.) under trial or affliction: They supported him throughout his ordeal. 5. to maintain (a person, family, establishment, institution, etc.) by supplying with things necessary to existence; provide for: to support a family. 6. to uphold (a person, cause, policy, etc.) by aid, countenance, one's vote, etc.; back; second.
7. to maintain or advocate (a theory, principle, etc.).
8. to corroborate (a statement, opinion, etc.): Leading doctors supported his testimony. 9. to act with or second (a lead performer); assist in performance: The star was supported by a talented newcomer.
—n. 1. the act or an instance of supporting.
2. the state of being supported.
3. something that serves as a foundation, prop, brace, or stay.
4. maintenance, as of a person or family, with necessaries, means, or funds: to pay for support of an orphan. 5. a person or thing that supports, as financially: The pension was his only support. 6. a person or thing that gives aid or assistance.
7. an actor, actress, or group performing with a lead performer.
8. the material, as canvas or wood, on which a picture is painted.
9. Stock Exchange.See support level.
—adj. (of hosiery) made with elasticized fibers so as to fit snugly on the legs, thereby aiding circulation, relieving fatigue, etc.