• To keep from falling.
  • To answer questions and resolve problems regarding something sold.
  • To back a cause, party, etc., mentally or with concrete aid.
  • To help, particularly financially.
  • To verify; to make good; to substantiate; to establish; to sustain.
  • To serve, as in a customer-oriented mindset; to give support to.
  • To be designed (said of machinery, electronics, or computers, or their parts, accessories, peripherals, or programming) to function compatibly with or provide the capacity for.
  • To be accountable for, or involved with, but not responsible for.
  • To endure without being overcome; bear; undergo; to tolerate.
  • To assume and carry successfully, as the part of an actor; to represent or act; to sustain.



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  • From Middle English supporten, from Old French supporter, from Latin supportō. Displaced Old English underwreþian and Old English fultum.
  • From Middle English support, from Anglo-Norman and Middle French support. Displaced Old English underwreþung.

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