Synonyms of prop
1 leanDictionary • He propped his bike against the fence.
lean • She was feeling tired and was glad to lean against him.
place • Chairs were placed in rows for the parents.
set • He took the case out of her hand and set it on the floor.
stand • Stand the plant in the open in a sunny, sheltered place.
position • Position trailing plants near the edges of the basket.
rest • He rested his arms on the back of the chair.
lay • Lay a sheet of newspaper on the floor.
balance • He balanced a football on his head.
2 supportDictionary • Plaster ceilings are propped with scaffolding. often with up
support • the thick wooden posts that supported the ceiling
maintain • the basic costs of maintaining a child
sustain • The magnets have lost the capacity to sustain the weight.
brace • The lights showed the old timbers, used to brace the roof.
uphold • upholding the artist's right to creative freedom
bolster • a number of measures intended to bolster morale
buttress • His tough line is buttressed by a democratic mandate.
1 supportDictionary • The timber is reinforced with three steel props on a concrete foundation.
support • Rats had been gnawing at the supports of the house.
brace • She wears a neck brace.
truss • the bridge's arched, lightweight steel truss
buttress • a buttress of rock
2 mainstayDictionary • The army is one of the main props of the government.
mainstay • Fish and rice were the mainstays of their diet.
support • Andrew is terrific. He's been such a support to me.
anchor • He provided an emotional anchor for her.
backbone • the economic backbone of the nation
PHRASAL VERB:▷ prop something or someone up
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anchorIf one thing is the anchor for something else, it makes that thing stable and secure.
• He provided an emotional anchor for her.
backboneThe backbone of an organization or system is the part of it that gives it its main strength.
• the economic backbone of the nation
balanceIf you balance something somewhere, or if it balances there, it remains steady and does not fall.
• He balanced a football on his head.
Thesaurus for prop from the Collins English Thesaurus
to support with a rigid object, such as a stick
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