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Definitions of sustain

  1. 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.
  2. To bear; endure; maintain; prove. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  3. To uphold, as a weight; keep up; encourage; support; maintain. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  4. To endure; suffer. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. To establish; prove. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. 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
  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. To maintain; to keep alive; to support; to subsist; to nourish; as, provisions to sustain an army. Newage Dictionary DB
  10. To aid, comfort, or relieve; to vindicate. Newage Dictionary DB
  11. To endure without failing or yielding; to bear up under; as, to sustain defeat and disappointment. Newage Dictionary DB
  12. To suffer; to bear; to undergo. Newage Dictionary DB
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. One who, or that which, upholds or sustains; a sustainer. Newage Dictionary DB
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. SUSTAINER. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.

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Usage examples for sustain

  1. The foliage is needed to sustain or develop the roots. – Success With Small Fruits by E. P. Roe
  2. If, for instance, I could say to him that Mr. Dinks would contribute say fifteen hundred dollars a year, until Mr. Alfred comes into his fortune, I think in that case I might persuade him to advance as much; and so, Sir, your son and my dear sister might live somewhat as they have been accustomed, and their mutual affection would sustain them, I doubt not, until the grandfather died. – Trumps by George William Curtis
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