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VERB (7)

1. lengthen or extend in duration or space;
- Example: "We sustained the diplomatic negotiations as long as possible"
- Example: "prolong the treatment of the patient"
- Example: "keep up the good work"
[syn: prolong, sustain, keep up]

2. undergo (as of injuries and illnesses);
- Example: "She suffered a fracture in the accident"
- Example: "He had an insulin shock after eating three candy bars"
- Example: "She got a bruise on her leg"
- Example: "He got his arm broken in the scuffle"
[syn: suffer, sustain, have, get]

3. provide with nourishment;
- Example: "We sustained ourselves on bread and water"
- Example: "This kind of food is not nourishing for young children"
[syn: nourish, nurture, sustain]

4. supply with necessities and support;
- Example: "She alone sustained her family"
- Example: "The money will sustain our good cause"
- Example: "There's little to earn and many to keep"
[syn: sustain, keep, maintain]

5. be the physical support of; carry the weight of;
- Example: "The beam holds up the roof"
- Example: "He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam"
- Example: "What's holding that mirror?"
[syn: hold, support, sustain, hold up]

6. admit as valid;
- Example: "The court sustained the motion"

7. establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts;
- Example: "his story confirmed my doubts"
- Example: "The evidence supports the defendant"
[syn: confirm, corroborate, sustain, substantiate, support, affirm]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Sustain \Sus*tain"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sustained; p. pr. & vb. n. Sustaining.] [OE. sustenen, susteinen, OF. sustenir, sostenir, F. soutenir (the French prefix is properly fr. L. subtus below, fr. sub under), L. sustinere; pref. sus- (see Sub-) + tenere to hold. See Tenable, and cf. Sustenance.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster] Every pillar the temple to sustain. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence, to keep from sinking, as in despondence, or the like; to support. [1913 Webster] No comfortable expectations of another life to sustain him under the evils in this world. --Tillotson. [1913 Webster] 3. To maintain; to keep alive; to support; to subsist; to nourish; as, provisions to sustain an army. [1913 Webster] 4. To aid, comfort, or relieve; to vindicate. --Shak. [1913 Webster] His sons, who seek the tyrant to sustain. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 5. To endure without failing or yielding; to bear up under; as, to sustain defeat and disappointment. [1913 Webster] 6. To suffer; to bear; to undergo. [1913 Webster] Shall Turnus, then, such endless toil sustain? --Dryden. [1913 Webster] You shall sustain more new disgraces. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 7. 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. [1913 Webster] 8. To prove; to establish by evidence; to corroborate or confirm; to be conclusive of; as, to sustain a charge, an accusation, or a proposition. [1913 Webster] Syn: To support; uphold; subsist; assist; relieve; suffer; undergo. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Sustain \Sus*tain"\, n. One who, or that which, upholds or sustains; a sustainer. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] I waked again, for my sustain was the Lord. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

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