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Definitions of sustain

  1. establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts; "his story confirmed my doubts"; "The evidence supports the defendant" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. undergo (as of injuries and illnesses); "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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. 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?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. supply with necessities and support; "She alone sustained her family"; "The money will sustain our good cause"; "There's little to earn and many to keep" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. lengthen or extend in duration or space; "We sustained the diplomatic negociations as long as possible"; "prolong the treatment of the patient"; "keep up the good work" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. provide with nourishment; "We sustained ourselves on bread and water"; "This kind of food is not nourishing for young children" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. admit as valid; "The court sustained the motion" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. To keep from falling; to bear; to uphold; to support; as, a foundation sustains the superstructure; a beast sustains a load; a rope sustains a weight. Newage Dictionary DB
  9. Hence, to keep from sinking, as in despondence, or the like; to support. Newage Dictionary DB
  10. To maintain; to keep alive; to support; to subsist; to nourish; as, provisions to sustain an army. Newage Dictionary DB
  11. To aid, comfort, or relieve; to vindicate. Newage Dictionary DB
  12. To endure without failing or yielding; to bear up under; as, to sustain defeat and disappointment. Newage Dictionary DB
  13. To suffer; to bear; to undergo. Newage Dictionary DB
  14. To allow the prosecution of; to admit as valid; to sanction; to continue; not to dismiss or abate; as, the court sustained the action or suit. Newage Dictionary DB
  15. To prove; to establish by evidence; to corroborate or confirm; to be conclusive of; as, to sustain a charge, an accusation, or a proposition. Newage Dictionary DB
  16. One who, or that which, upholds or sustains; a sustainer. Newage Dictionary DB
  17. To hold up or support; as, to sustain a weight; maintain or keep up; as, to sustain an argument; support, or keep alive; as, food sustains life; undergo; as, to sustain a money loss; bear; endure without falling; as, to sustain a blow; keep up the courage or spirits of; as, his faith sustained him; prove; strengthen; as, to sustain a charge, at law; support or admit as just and true. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  18. To hold up: to bear: to maintain: to relieve: to prove: to sanction: to prolong. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  19. SUSTAINER. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  20. To bear; endure; maintain; prove. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  21. To uphold, as a weight; keep up; encourage; support; maintain. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  22. To endure; suffer. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  23. To establish; prove. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  24. To bear; to uphold; to hold; to keep from falling; to support; to maintain; to keep alive; to assist or relieve. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  25. To bear or hold up; to keep from falling; to keep alive; to maintain; to suffer, as a loss. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  26. sus-t[=a]n', v.t. to hold up: to bear: to maintain: to relieve: to prove: to sanction: to prolong.--adjs. SUSTAIN'ABLE, that may be sustained; SUSTAINED', kept up at one uniform pitch.--ns. SUSTAIN'ER, one who, or that which, sustains; SUSTAIN'MENT, act of sustaining, sustenance; SUS'TENANCE, that which sustains: maintenance: provisions.--adj. SUSTENTAC'ULAR, supporting, pertaining to a SUSTENTAC'ULUM, a support or sustaining tissue, esp. an inferior spine of the tarsus in spiders of the genus Epeira.--v.t. SUS'TENT[=A]TE, to sustain.--n. SUSTENT[=A]'TION, that which sustains: support: maintenance.--adj. SUSTEN'TATIVE, sustaining.--ns. SUS'TENT[=A]TOR, a sustaining part or structure; SUSTEN'TION, the act of sustaining; SUSTEN'TOR, one of two posterior projections of a butterfly-chrysalis.--SUSTENTATION FUND, the scheme by which the ministers of the Free Church of Scotland are supported by voluntary contributions not local or congregational, but with a national altruism or solidarity paid into a great central fund, out of which equal stipends are paid to all alike. [L. sustin[=e]re--sub, up, ten[=e]re, to hold.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  27. Bear weight of, hold up, keep from falling or sinking (cf. support); enable to last out, keep from failing, give strength to, encourage, (exx. as in SUPPORT; sustaining food, that keeps up the strength); endure without giving way, stand, bear up against, (sustained the shock of the enemy\'s cavalry; will not s. comparison with); undergo, experience, suffer, (s. a defeat, severe contusion, loss, &c.); (of court or other authority) allow validity of, give decision in favour of, uphold, (s. the objection, the applicant in his claim, &c.); bear out, tend to substantiate or corroborate, confirm, (statement, charge, theory, &c.); keep up or represent (part, character) adequately; keep (sound, effort, &c.) going continuously (a sustained note, effort). Hence sustainable a., sustainment n. (rare). [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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