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      vb   tr  
1    to hold up under; withstand  
to sustain great provocation     
2    to undergo (an injury, loss, etc.); suffer  
to sustain a broken arm     
3    to maintain or prolong  
to sustain a discussion     
4    to support physically from below  
5    to provide for or give support to, esp. by supplying necessities  
to sustain one's family, to sustain a charity     
6    to keep up the vitality or courage of  
7    to uphold or affirm the justice or validity of  
to sustain a decision     
8    to establish the truth of; confirm  
9      (Music)   the prolongation of a note, by playing technique or electronics  
     (C13: via Old French from Latin sustinere to hold up, from sub- + tenere to hold)  
  sustained      adj  
  sustainedly      adv  
  sustaining      adj  
  sustainingly      adv  
  sustainment      n  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  


1    bear, carry, keep from falling, keep up, support, uphold  
2    bear, bear up under, endure, experience, feel, suffer, undergo, withstand  
3    aid, assist, comfort, foster, help, keep alive, nourish, nurture, provide for, relieve  
4    approve, confirm, continue, keep alive, keep going, keep up, maintain, prolong, protract, ratify  
5    endorse, uphold, validate, verify  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

sustain v.
maintain ; bear ; stand ; support ; tolerate

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