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1 a : to promote the interests or cause of
b : to uphold or defend as valid or right
c : to argue or vote for
2 : to provide with substantiation or corroboration [ an alibi]
3 : to provide with the means of livelihood (as housing, food, or clothing) esp. in accordance with an agreement or court order
4 : to hold up or in position
: maintain the physical integrity of [the right to have one's land ed by the underlying land]
n 1 : the act or process of supporting
: the condition of being supported [pledged the candidate their ]
2 : a means of obtaining the necessities of life (as food, shelter, and clothing)
: a source of livelihood esp. in the form of alimony or child support
3 : something that provides support
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.