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    sustain - Dictionary definition and meaning for word sustain

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