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Motivate vs. Support

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Motivate

To provide with an incentive or a reason for doing something; impel
What motivated you to get a new job? Their criticism is motivated by jealousy.
Jun 01, 2022

Support

To bear the weight of, especially from below; keep from falling, sinking, or slipping
Pillars support the roof.
Jun 01, 2022

Motivate

To cause to be enthusiastic
The coach motivated his players with an inspiring pep talk.
Jun 01, 2022

Support

To bear or hold up (an amount of weight)
The bridge supports 10 tons.
Jun 01, 2022

Motivate

(transitive) To provide someone with an incentive to do something; to encourage.
The weekly staff meeting was meant to motivate employees.
Jun 01, 2022
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Support

To keep from weakening or failing; give confidence or comfort to
The letter supported him in his grief.
Jun 01, 2022

Motivate

(transitive) To animate; to propel; to cause to take action
He was motivated purely by self-interest.
Steam-motivated pumps are used in manufacturing.
Jun 01, 2022

Support

To keep from falling in value, as by government purchases
A program to support the price of wheat.
Jun 01, 2022

Motivate

To provide with a motive; to move; impel; induce; incite.
Jun 01, 2022

Support

To provide for or maintain by supplying with money or necessities
The homeless shelter is supported solely by donations.
Jun 01, 2022

Motivate

Give an incentive for action;
This moved me to sacrifice my career
Jun 01, 2022

Support

To furnish corroborating evidence for
New facts supported her story.
Jun 01, 2022

Support

To aid the cause, policy, or interests of
Supported her in her election campaign.
Jun 01, 2022

Support

To argue in favor of; advocate
Supported lower taxes.
Jun 01, 2022

Support

To have an enthusiastic interest in (a sports team).
Jun 01, 2022

Support

To endure; tolerate
"At supper there was such a conflux of company that I could scarcely support the tumult" (Samuel Johnson).
Jun 01, 2022

Support

To act in a secondary or subordinate role to (a leading performer).
Jun 01, 2022

Support

To offer help or advice regarding (a product or service).
Jun 01, 2022

Support

(Computers) To be compatible with (a program)
That operating system does not support most new applications.
Jun 01, 2022

Support

The act of supporting
Our candidate needs your support.
Jun 01, 2022

Support

The state of being supported
The candidate's support has been overwhelming.
Jun 01, 2022

Support

One that supports
How many supports does the bridge have?.
Jun 01, 2022

Support

The provision of money or the necessities of life
Child support.
Jun 01, 2022

Support

Help or advice offered to those encountering difficulties with a product or service.
Jun 01, 2022

Support

(transitive) To keep from falling.
Don’t move that beam! It supports the whole platform.
Jun 01, 2022

Support

(transitive) To answer questions and resolve problems regarding something sold.
Sure they sell the product, but do they support it?
Jun 01, 2022

Support

(transitive) To back a cause, party, etc., mentally or with concrete aid.
I support France in the World Cup.
Jun 01, 2022

Support

(transitive) To help, particularly financially.
The government supports the arts in several ways.
Jun 01, 2022

Support

To verify; to make good; to substantiate; to establish; to sustain.
The testimony is not sufficient to support the charges.
The evidence will not support the statements or allegations.
Jun 01, 2022

Support

(transitive) To serve, as in a customer-oriented mindset; to give support to.
The IT Department supports the research organization, but not the sales force.
I don't make decisions, but I support those who do.
Jun 01, 2022

Support

(transitive) To be designed (said of machinery, electronics, or computers, or their parts, accessories, peripherals, or programming) to function compatibly with or provide the capacity for.
Early personal computers did not support voice-recognition hardware or software.
Jun 01, 2022

Support

(transitive) To be accountable for, or involved with, but not responsible for.
I support the administrative activities of the executive branch of the organization.
Jun 01, 2022

Support

(archaic) To endure without being overcome; bear; undergo; to tolerate.
Jun 01, 2022

Support

To assume and carry successfully, as the part of an actor; to represent or act; to sustain.
To support the character of King Lear
Jun 01, 2022

Support

Something which supports.
Don't move that beam! It's a support for the whole platform.
Jun 01, 2022

Support

Financial or other help.
The government provides support to the arts in several ways.
Jun 01, 2022

Support

Answers to questions and resolution of problems regarding something sold.
Sure they sell the product, but do they provide support?
Jun 01, 2022

Support

(mathematics) in relation to a function, the set of points where the function is not zero, or the closure of that set.
Jun 01, 2022

Support

(fuzzy set theory) A set whose elements are at least partially included in a given fuzzy set (i.e., whose grade of membership in that fuzzy set is strictly greater than zero).
If the membership function of a fuzzy set is continuous, then that fuzzy set's support is an open set.
Jun 01, 2022

Support

Evidence.
The new research provides further support for our theory.
Jun 01, 2022

Support

(computing) Compatibility and functionality for a given product or feature.
This game has no mouse support.
Jun 01, 2022

Support

An actor playing a subordinate part with a star.
Jun 01, 2022

Support

An accompaniment in music.
Jun 01, 2022

Support

(gymnastics) support position
Jun 01, 2022

Support

(structural analysis) Horizontal, vertical or rotational support of structures: movable, hinged, fixed. en
Jun 01, 2022

Support

To bear by being under; to keep from falling; to uphold; to sustain, in a literal or physical sense; to prop up; to bear the weight of; as, a pillar supports a structure; an abutment supports an arch; the trunk of a tree supports the branches.
Jun 01, 2022

Support

To endure without being overcome, exhausted, or changed in character; to sustain; as, to support pain, distress, or misfortunes.
This fierce demeanor and his insolenceThe patience of a god could not support.
Jun 01, 2022

Support

To keep from failing or sinking; to solace under affictive circumstances; to assist; to encourage; to defend; as, to support the courage or spirits.
Jun 01, 2022

Support

To assume and carry successfully, as the part of an actor; to represent or act; to sustain; as, to support the character of King Lear.
Jun 01, 2022

Support

To furnish with the means of sustenance or livelihood; to maintain; to provide for; as, to support a family; to support the ministers of the gospel.
Jun 01, 2022

Support

To carry on; to enable to continue; to maintain; as, to support a war or a contest; to support an argument or a debate.
Jun 01, 2022

Support

To verify; to make good; to substantiate; to establish; to sustain; as, the testimony is not sufficient to support the charges; the evidence will not support the statements or allegations.
To urge such arguments, as though they were sufficient to support and demonstrate a whole scheme of moral philosophy.
Jun 01, 2022

Support

To vindicate; to maintain; to defend successfully; as, to be able to support one's own cause.
Jun 01, 2022

Support

To uphold by aid or countenance; to aid; to help; to back up; as, to support a friend or a party; to support the present administration.
Wherefore, bold pleasant,Darest thou support a published traitor?
Jun 01, 2022

Support

A attend as an honorary assistant; as, a chairman supported by a vice chairman; O'Connell left the prison, supported by his two sons.
Jun 01, 2022

Support

The act, state, or operation of supporting, upholding, or sustaining.
Jun 01, 2022

Support

That which upholds, sustains, or keeps from falling, as a prop, a pillar, or a foundation of any kind.
Jun 01, 2022

Support

That which maintains or preserves from being overcome, falling, yielding, sinking, giving way, or the like; subsistence; maintenance; assistance; reënforcement; as, he gave his family a good support, the support of national credit; the assaulting column had the support of a battery.
Jun 01, 2022

Support

The activity of providing for or maintaining by supplying with money or necessities;
His support kept the family together
They gave him emotional support during difficult times
Jun 01, 2022

Support

Aiding the cause or policy or interests of;
The president no longer had the support of his own party
They developed a scheme of mutual support
Jun 01, 2022

Support

Something providing immaterial support or assistance to a person or cause or interest;
The policy found little public support
His faith was all the support he needed
The team enjoyed the support of their fans
Jun 01, 2022

Support

A military operation (often involving new supplies of men and materiel) to strengthen a military force or aid in the performance of its mission;
They called for artillery support
Jun 01, 2022

Support

Documentary validation;
His documentation of the results was excellent
The strongest support for this this view is the work of Jones
Jun 01, 2022

Support

The financial means whereby one lives;
Each child was expected to pay for their keep
He applied to the state for support
He could no longer earn his own livelihood
Jun 01, 2022

Support

Supporting structure that holds up or provides a foundation;
The statue stood on a marble support
Jun 01, 2022

Support

The act of bearing the weight of or strengthening;
He leaned against the wall for support
Jun 01, 2022

Support

A subordinate musical part; provides background for more important parts
Jun 01, 2022

Support

Any device that bears the weight of another thing;
There was no place to attach supports for a shelf
Jun 01, 2022

Support

Financial resources provided to make some project possible;
The foundation provided support for the experiment
Jun 01, 2022

Support

Give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to;
She supported him during the illness
Her children always backed her up
Jun 01, 2022

Support

Support materially or financially;
He does not support his natural children
The scholarship supported me when I was in college
Jun 01, 2022

Support

Be behind; approve of;
He plumped for the Labor Party
I backed Kennedy in 1960
Jun 01, 2022

Support

Be the physical support of; carry the weight of;
The beam holds up the roof
He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam
What's holding that mirror?
Jun 01, 2022

Support

Establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts;
His story confirmed my doubts
The evidence supports the defendant
Jun 01, 2022

Support

Adopt as a belief;
I subscribe to your view on abortion
Jun 01, 2022

Support

Support with evidence or authority or make more certain or confirm;
The stories and claims were born out by the evidence
Jun 01, 2022

Support

Argue or speak in defense of;
She supported the motion to strike
Jun 01, 2022

Support

Play a subordinate role to (another performer);
Olivier supported Gielgud beautifully in the second act
Jun 01, 2022

Support

Be a regular customer or client of;
We patronize this store
Our sponsor kept our art studio going for as long as he could
Jun 01, 2022

Support

Put up with something or somebody unpleasant;
I cannot bear his constant criticism
The new secretary had to endure a lot of unprofessional remarks
He learned to tolerate the heat
She stuck out two years in a miserable marriage
Jun 01, 2022

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