support noun

1 help and encouragement

ADJ. complete, full, total | active, considerable, enthusiastic, firm, generous, good, great, loyal, massive, overwhelming, solid, strong, tremendous, unqualified, wholehearted The socialist candidate enjoys the firm support of local industry. the company's generous financial support of the arts The poll revealed massive support for the proposal. The plan received strong support from farmers. | unflagging, unstinting, unswerving, unwavering We would like to thank Edna Hales for her unstinting support over the years. | growing, increased, increasing | continued, continuing | broad, community, general, majority, mass, popular, public, wide/widespread The government has lost majority support in the Assembly. | main | limited, lukewarm, qualified My idea only received lukewarm support from my colleagues. | adequate, sufficient | direct, indirect | long-term people who need long-term support at home | personal The proposal has the personal support of the president. | mutual The parents of the sufferers get together for mutual support. | international | Labour, Liberal, etc. | all-party, bipartisan, cross-party | administrative, economic, electoral, emotional, financial, moral, political, practical, technical, etc. She took her sister with her to the interview for moral support. | government, official, state | air, military, naval | price a price support mechanism

VERB + SUPPORT enjoy, have The policy has the support of the community. | derive, draw, get, receive Which groups does the party draw most of its support from? | enlist, find, gain, mobilize, secure, win Campaigners have enlisted the support of their local MP. | attract, cultivate, drum up, muster, rally, recruit, seek, solicit, whip up | give sb/sth, lend (sb/sth), offer (sb/sth), provide (sb/sth with), throw organizations that provide support and advice to small businesses She threw her full support behind him. | lose | cut (off), withdraw | need, require She will need a lot of emotional support at this difficult time. | count on, rely on Can I count on your support? | announce, come out in, confirm, demonstrate, express, pledge, reaffirm, show one of the first scientists to come out in support of ‘The Origin of Species’ Many TV celebrities have already pledged their support to the appeal. | bolster, broaden, build (up), increase, strengthen The government is trying to build popular support for an unwinnable war. | weaken

SUPPORT + VERB come Support came from all sections of the community. | grow, rise Support for the Liberals has risen to 30 per cent. | fall

SUPPORT + NOUN base He had no support base within the party. | group a local support group for single parents | network | services

PREP. in ~ of an intense campaign in support of the proposal | with/without … ~ The pipeline is to be built with international support. | ~ against Farmers mobilized considerable support against government plans to remove import restrictions. | ~ among The party wishes to broaden its support among professionals. | ~ between mutual support between local cooperatives | ~ for The president has expressed his support for the project. | ~ from The policy has broad support from industry.

PHRASES a base of support Fears that instability would return under the Democrats gave the government a broad base of support. | a cut/decline in support, an expression of support The rebel leader claimed to have received expressions of support from all the neighbouring countries. | a lack of support, a source of support

2 money to buy food, clothes, etc.

ADJ. child, family, social | income

VERB + SUPPORT claim Families earning below a certain amount can claim child support.

PHRASES a means of support

3 sth that carries the weight of sb/sth

ADJ. firm | additional, extra | back, knee, etc. | roof

VERB + SUPPORT give sth The piece of wood under the mattress is to give my back extra support.

PHRASES hold onto sb/sth for support He held onto his wife for support as he left the hospital.