Essential Vocabulary Words For ELA

Terms in this set (45)

verb [with object]
1 bear all or part of the weight of; hold up: the dome was supported by a hundred white columns.
• produce enough food and water for; be capable of sustaining: the land had lost its capacity to support life.
• be capable of fulfilling (a role) adequately: tutors gain practical experience that helps them support their tutoring role.
• endure; tolerate: at work during the day I could support the grief.
2 give assistance to, especially financially; enable to function or act: the government gives $2.5 billion a year to support the activities of the voluntary sector.
• provide with a home and the necessities of life: my main concern was to support my family.
• give approval, comfort, or encouragement to: I like to visit her to support her | the proposal was supported by many delegates.
• suggest the truth of; corroborate: the studies support our findings.
• be actively interested in and concerned for the success of (a particular sports team).
• (as adjective supporting) (of an actor or a role) important in a play or film but subordinate to the leading parts.
• (of a pop or rock group or performer) function as a secondary act to (another) at a concert.
3 Computing (of a computer or operating system) allow the use or operation of (a program, language, or device): the new versions do not support the graphical user interface standard.
noun
1 a thing that bears the weight of something or keeps it upright: the best support for a camera is a tripod.
• the action or state of bearing the weight of something or someone or of being so supported: she clutched the sideboard for support.
2 material assistance: he urged that military support be sent to protect humanitarian convoys | [as modifier] : support staff.
• approval, encouragement, or comfort: the paper printed many letters in support of the government | she's been through a bad time and needs our support.
• a source of comfort or encouragement: he was a great support when her father died.
• a secondary act at a pop or rock concert.
• technical help given to the user of a computer or other product.
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