English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'support'

(verb) 
Definition
to give practical or emotional help to (someone)
He supported the hardworking people.
Synonyms
help
If you're not willing to help me, I'll find somebody who will.
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second
He seconded the motion against fox hunting.
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aid
a software system to aid managers in decision-making
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forward
He forwarded their cause with courage, skill and humour.
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defend
Police chiefs strongly defended police conduct.
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promote
His country will do everything possible to promote peace.
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take (someone's) part
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assist
They decided to assist me with my chores.
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uphold
upholding the artist's right to creative freedom
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side with
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go along with
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stand up for
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stand behind
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hold (someone's) hand
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stick up for (informal)
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succour
The money would be used to succour evicted families.
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buoy up
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boost (someone's) morale
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take up the cudgels for
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be a source of strength to
Opposites
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go against
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walk away from
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hold out against
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stab in the back
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turn your back on
(verb) 
Definition
to provide the necessities of life for (a family or person)
I have children to support, and a home to be maintained.
Synonyms
provide for
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maintain
the basic costs of maintaining a child
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look after
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keep
She kept many foster children over the years.
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fund
The foundation has funded a variety of faculty programs.
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finance
new taxes to finance increased military expenditure
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foster
She has fostered more than 100 children.
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take care of
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subsidize
a government decision to subsidize coal mining
Opposites
live off
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sponge off
(verb) 
Definition
to establish the truthfulness or accuracy of (a theory or statement) by providing new facts
The evidence does not support the argument.
Synonyms
bear out
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confirm
This confirms what I suspected all along.
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verify
The government has not verified any of these reports.
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substantiate
There is little scientific evidence to substantiate the claims.
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corroborate
I had access to a wide range of documents which corroborated the story.
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document
The effects of sleeping less than eight hours a night have been well documented.
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endorse
I can endorse this statement wholeheartedly.
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attest to
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authenticate
He authenticated the accuracy of various details.
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lend credence to
Opposites
(verb) 
Definition
to carry the weight of (a thing or person)
the thick wooden posts that supported the ceiling
Synonyms
bear
The ice was not thick enough to bear the weight of marching men.
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hold up
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carry
This horse can't carry your weight.
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sustain
The magnets have lost the capacity to sustain the weight.
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prop (up)
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reinforce
They had to reinforce the walls with exterior beams.
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hold
Hold the weight with a straight arm above your head.
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brace
The lights showed the old timbers, used to brace the roof.
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uphold
The crown court upheld the magistrate's decision.
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bolster
a number of measures intended to bolster morale
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underpin
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shore up
They may find it hard to shore up their defences.
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buttress
His tough line is buttressed by a democratic mandate.
(verb) 
Definition
to take an active interest in and be loyal to (a particular football or other sports team)
I've supported Newcastle all my life.
Synonyms
follow
the millions of people who follow football
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back
He is backed by the civic movement.
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champion
He passionately championed the poor.
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encourage
Their task is to encourage private investment in Russia.
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favour
We favour greater protection of the environment.
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advocate
They advocate fewer government controls on business.
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side with
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espouse
She ran away to Mexico and espoused the revolutionary cause.
(verb) 
Synonyms
tolerate
She can no longer tolerate the position that she's in.
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stand (for)
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suffer
She doesn't suffer fools gladly and, in her view, most people are fools.
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bear
She bore her sufferings bravely.
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stomach
I could never stomach the cruelty involved in the wounding of animals.
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endure
I simply can't endure another moment of her company.
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undergo
New recruits have been undergoing training in recent weeks.
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submit
If I submitted to their demands, they would not press the allegations.
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brook
The army will brook no weakening of its power.
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put up with (informal)
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countenance
The planners will not countenance any changes to the exterior of the barn.
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thole (dialect)
(noun) 
Definition
the act of supporting or the condition of being supported
They are prepared to resort to violence in support of their views.
Synonyms
furtherance
The thing that matters is the furtherance of research.
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backing
He said the president had the full backing of his government.
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promotion
dedicated to the promotion of new ideas and research
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championship
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approval
an obsessive drive to win his father's approval
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encouragement
The encouragement of trade will benefit the process of economic reform.
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espousal
the leadership's espousal of the causes of reform and nationalism
(noun) 
Definition
the act of supporting or the condition of being supported
We hope to continue to have her close support and friendship.
Synonyms
, ,
comfort
I tried to find some words of comfort to offer her.
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blessing
They gave their formal blessing to the idea.
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patronage
Charles II set about reviving royal patronage of the arts.
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moral support
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succour
Have you offered comfort and succour to your friend?
Opposites
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undermining
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(noun) 
a proposal to cut agricultural support
Synonyms
aid
They have already pledged millions of dollars in aid.
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help
Thanks very much for your help.
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benefits
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relief
famine relief
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assistance
He's been operating the shop with the assistance of volunteers.
(noun) 
Definition
a thing that bears the weight of an object from below
Rats had been gnawing at the supports of the house.
Synonyms
,
post
Eight wooden posts were driven into the ground.
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foundation
Best friends are the foundation of my life.
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lining
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brace
She wears a neck brace.
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pillar
the pillars supporting the roof
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underpinning
the economic underpinning of ancient Mexican society
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stanchion
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stiffener
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abutment
It looked as though he would crash into the concrete abutment.
(noun) 
Definition
a person who gives someone practical or emotional help
Andrew is terrific. He's been such a support to me.
Synonyms
supporter
a major supporter of the tax reform plan
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prop
The timber is reinforced with three steel props on a concrete foundation.
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mainstay
Fish and rice were the mainstays of their diet.
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tower of strength
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second
He shouted to his seconds, `I did it!'
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backer
I was looking for a backer to assist me in the attempted buy-out.
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backbone
the economic backbone of the nation
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comforter
Opposites
(noun) 
Definition
the means of providing the necessities of life for a family or person
You are entitled to send child support.
Synonyms
upkeep
The money will be used for the estate's upkeep.
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maintenance
His parents paid his maintenance while he was at university.
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keep
I need to give my parents money for my keep.
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livelihood
fishermen who depend on the seas for their livelihood.
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subsistence
Up to £350,000 has been spent on travel and subsistence.
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sustenance
everything that is necessary for the sustenance of the offspring

Additional synonyms

in the sense of abutment
Definition
a construction that supports the end of a bridge
It looked as though he would crash into the concrete abutment.
in the sense of advocate
Definition
to recommend a course of action publicly
They advocate fewer government controls on business.
Synonyms
campaign for,
speak for,
press for,
argue for,
plead for,
hold a brief for (informal)
in the sense of approval
an obsessive drive to win his father's approval

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