To bear; prop up; bear the weight of; uphold; sustain; keep from falling or sinking.To endure without being overcome; bear; undergo; also, to tolerate.To uphold by aid, encouragement, or countenance; keep from shrinking, sinking, failing, or fainting: as, to support the courage or spirits.Theat.: To represent in acting on or as on the stage; keep up; act: as, to support the part assigned.To act with, accompany, or second a leading actor or actress.In music, to perform an accompaniment or subordinate part to.To keep up; carry on; maintain: as, to support a contest.To supply funds or means for: as, to support the expenses of government; maintain with the necessary means of living; furnish with a livelihood: as, to support a family.To keep from failing or fainting by means of food; sustain: as, to support life; to support the strength by nourishment.To keep up in reputation; maintain: as, to support a good character; sustain; substantiate; verify: as, the testimony fails to support the charges.To assist in general; help; second; further; forward: as, to support a friend, a party, or a policy; specifically, military, to aid by being in line and ready to take part with in attack or defense: as, the regiment supported a battery.To vindicate; defend successfully: as, to support a verdict or judgment.To accompany or attend as an honorary coadjutor or aid; act as the aid or attendant of: as, the chairman was supported by …To speak in support or advocacy of, as a motion at a public meeting.In heraldry, to accompany or be grouped with (an escutcheon) as one of the supporters.= Syn. 10. To countenance, patronize, back, abet. See support, n.To live; get a livelihood.n. The act or operation of supporting, upholding, sustaining, or keeping from falling; sustaining power or effect.n. That which upholds, sustains, or keeps from falling; that, on which another thing is placed or rests; a prop, pillar, base, or basis; a foundation of any kind.n. That which maintains life; subsistence; sustenance.n. One who or that which maintains a person or family; means of subsistence or livelihood: as, fishing is their support; he is the only support of his mother.n. The act of upholding, maintaining, assisting, forwarding, etc.; countenance; advocacy: as, to speak in support of a measure.n. The keeping up or sustaining of anything without suffering it to fail, decline, be exhausted, or come to an end: as, the support of life or strength; the support of credit.n. That which upholds or relieves; aid; help; succor; relief; encouragement.n. Theat., an actor or actress who plays a subordinate or minor part with a star; also, the whole company collectively as supporting the principal actors.n. pl. Milit., the second line in a battle, either in the attack or in the defense.n. In music, an accompaniment; also, a subordinate; part.n. The reasonable supply of the necessaries and comforts of life: as, intoxication of a husband injuring the wife's rights of support.n. Synonyms Stay, strut, brace, shore.n. Maintenance, etc. See living.n. Encouragement, patronage, comfort.n. plural In the cloth trade, blocking-boards or wrapping-boards.