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Sustain meaning

sustain - 10 dictionary results

  1. 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.
  2. 2. Hence, to keep from sinking, as in despondence, or the like; to support.
  3. 3. To maintain; to keep alive; to support; to subsist; to nourish; as, provisions to sustain an army.
  4. 4. To aid, comfort, or relieve; to vindicate.
  5. 5. To endure without failing or yielding; to bear up under; as, to sustain defeat and disappointment.
  6. 6. To suffer; to bear; to undergo.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 9. One who, or that which, upholds or sustains; a sustainer.
  10. 10. To bear; endure; maintain; prove.

sustain - examples of usage

  1. This may remain without disturbance until the new growing wall becomes sufficiently strong to sustain the pressure and weight of the animal. - "Special Report on Diseases of Cattle", U.S. Department of Agriculture J.R. Mohler.
  2. The loss he would have sustained by staying on would, perhaps, not have been larger than the loss he must now sustain by living on capital till such time as he saw something to suit him. - "Hodge and His Masters", Richard Jefferies.
  3. Watson marched down the river, and at Mount Hope had to build up the bridges, and to sustain a second conflict with Col. - "A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion", William Dobein James.
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