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sustain

sustain - Dictionary definition and meaning for word sustain

Definition
(verb) lengthen or extend in duration or space
Synonyms : keep up , prolong
Example Sentence
  • We sustained the diplomatic negotiations as long as possible
  • prolong the treatment of the patient
  • keep up the good work

Definition
(verb) undergo (as of injuries and illnesses)
Synonyms : get , have , suffer
Example Sentence
  • She suffered a fracture in the accident
  • He had an insulin shock after eating three candy bars
  • She got a bruise on her leg
  • He got his arm broken in the scuffle

Definition
(verb) provide with nourishment
Synonyms : nourish , nurture
Example Sentence
  • We sustained ourselves on bread and water
  • This kind of food is not nourishing for young children

Definition
(verb) supply with necessities and support
Synonyms : keep , maintain
Example Sentence
  • She alone sustained her family
  • The money will sustain our good cause
  • There's little to earn and many to keep

Definition
(verb) be the physical support of; carry the weight of
Synonyms : hold , hold up , support
Example Sentence
  • The beam holds up the roof
  • He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam
  • What's holding that mirror?

Definition
(verb) admit as valid
Example Sentence
  • The court sustained the motion

Definition
(verb) establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts
Example Sentence
  • his story confirmed my doubts
  • The evidence supports the defendant

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