Synonyms of support in English:


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See Spanish definition of sostener


1‘the roof was supported by massive stone pillars’

hold up, bear, carry, prop up, keep up, bolster up, brace, shore up, underpin, buttress, reinforce

2‘he was struggling to support his family’

provide for, provide sustenance for, maintain, sustain, keep, take care of, look after

3‘Martha lovingly supported him to the end’

give moral support to, give strength to, be a source of strength to, comfort, bring comfort to, sustain, encourage, buoy up, hearten, fortify, console, solace, give sympathy to, reassure, succour, soothe
informal buck up

neglect, abandon

4‘there seems to be evidence to support both of these arguments’

substantiate, back up, give force to, give weight to, bear out, corroborate, confirm, attest to, verify, prove, validate, authenticate, endorse, ratify, document

contradict, undermine

5‘all the money we receive will be used to support charitable projects in Africa’

help, aid, assist
contribute to, give a donation to, give money to, back, underwrite, subsidize, fund, finance, succour
North American informal bankroll

6‘he obtained 773 votes as an independent candidate supported by a residents' association’

back, champion, give help to, help, assist, aid, be on the side of, side with, favour, prefer, abet, aid and abet, encourage
vote for, ally oneself with, stand behind, fall in with, stand up for, defend, take someone's part, take up the cudgels for
sponsor, vouch for, second, promote, endorse, sanction, approve of, give one's blessing to, smile on
informal stick up for, throw one's weight behind


7‘a bold initiative to support human rights around the world’

advocate, promote, further, champion, back, be on the side of, espouse, espouse the cause of, be in favour of, recommend, defend, subscribe to

8‘at work during the day I could support the grief’

endure, bear, put up with, tolerate, stand, abide, suffer, stomach, brook, sustain, shoulder, weather


1‘one of the bridge supports had developed a six inch crack’

pillar, post, prop, underprop, underpinning, base, substructure, foundation
brace, buttress, abutment, bolster, upright, stay, stand, trestle, crutch, plinth

2‘parents who refuse to pay support to their children’

maintenance, keep, sustenance, subsistence
food and accommodation

3‘I was lucky to have my family's support during this difficult time’

moral support, friendship, strengthening, strength, encouragement, buoying up, heartening, fortification, consolation, solace, succour, relief, easement
informal bucking up

4‘he was a great support when her father died’

comfort, help, assistance, tower of strength, prop, backbone, mainstay

5‘we will provide support for essential community services’

contributions, backing, donations, money, subsidy, funding, funds, finance, capital

6‘many stars openly voiced their support for one candidate or another’

backing, help, assistance, aid, votes, endorsement, sanction, approval, blessing, patronage

7‘there has been a surge in support for decentralization’

advocacy, backing, promotion, championship, espousal, defence, recommendation, recommending, argument for, arguing for