prop ( props plural & 3rd person present) ( propping present participle) ( propped past tense & past participle )
1 verb If you prop an object on or against something, you support it by putting something underneath it or by resting it somewhere.
He rocked back in the chair and propped his feet on the desk... V n on/against n
Prop up means the same as prop., phrasal verb
Sam slouched back and propped his elbows up on the bench behind him... V n P prep
If you have difficulty sitting like this, prop up your back against a wall. V P n (not pron) prep
2 n-count A prop is a stick or other object that you use to support something.
3 n-count To be a prop for a system, institution, or person means to be the main thing that keeps them strong or helps them survive.
The army is one of the main props of the government...
4 n-count The props in a play or film are all the objects or pieces of furniture that are used in it.
...the backdrop and props for a stage show. prop up
1 phrasal verb To prop up something means to support it or help it to survive.
Investments in the U.S. money market have propped up the American dollar... V P n (not pron)
On the Stock Exchange, aggressive buying propped the market up. V n P
Traducción diccionario Collins Ingles - Cobuild
1 bolster, brace, buttress, hold up, maintain, shore, stay, support, sustain, truss, uphold
2 lean, rest, set, stand
3 brace, buttress, mainstay, stanchion, stay, support, truss
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