General English


  • verb to provide what is necessary for an activity or way of life


  • noun a device to hold something in position


  • noun agreement or encouragement
  • verb to give money to help someone or something
  • verb to encourage someone, or to agree with someone


  • verb to give help to or to help to run


  • To bear the weight of something, provide a base, or otherwise help provide physical stability.
  • The ability to function properly with specific software and/or hardware, or to have a given capability. For example, to support multiple operating systems, real-time applications, natural language input, hot-plugging, or a data rate of 100 Gbps.
  • To provide assistance. For instance, to provide technical support.

Information & Library Science

  • verb to provide help, advice or finance to ensure that somebody or something else can work


  • noun help to keep something in place
  • noun a handle, a metal rail which a person can hold


  • noun units or sub-units which provide support
  • verb to assist or help another person or group
  • verb to provide fire support to another grouping

Origin & History of “support”

Latin supportāre meant ‘carry, convey, bring’ (it was a compound verb formed from the prefix sub- ‘up, towards’ and portāre ‘carry’, source of English portable, porter, etc). The sense ‘endure’ (represented in English mainly by the derivative insupportable (16th c.)) evolved in post-classical Latin. ‘Bear the weight of’ is not recorded in English until the 16th century.