Definitions for sustainsəˈsteɪn

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prolong, sustain, keep up(verb)

    lengthen or extend in duration or space

    "We sustained the diplomatic negotiations as long as possible"; "prolong the treatment of the patient"; "keep up the good work"

  2. suffer, sustain, have, get(verb)

    undergo (as of injuries and illnesses)

    "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"

  3. nourish, nurture, sustain(verb)

    provide with nourishment

    "We sustained ourselves on bread and water"; "This kind of food is not nourishing for young children"

  4. sustain, keep, maintain(verb)

    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"

  5. hold, support, sustain, hold up(verb)

    be the physical support of; carry the weight of

    "The beam holds up the roof"; "He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam"; "What's holding that mirror?"

  6. sustain(verb)

    admit as valid

    "The court sustained the motion"

  7. confirm, corroborate, sustain, substantiate, support, affirm(verb)

    establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts

    "his story confirmed my doubts"; "The evidence supports the defendant"

Wiktionary

  1. sustain(Noun)

    A mechanism which can be used to hold a note, as the right pedal on a piano.

  2. sustain(Verb)

    To maintain (something), or keep it in existence.

  3. sustain(Verb)

    To provide for or nourish (something).

  4. sustain(Verb)

    To encourage (something).

  5. sustain(Verb)

    To experience or suffer (an injury, etc.).

  6. sustain(Verb)

    To confirm, prove, or corroborate (something).

  7. Origin: From sustenir (French: soutenir), from sustineo, from sub- + teneo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sustain(verb)

    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. Sustain(verb)

    hence, to keep from sinking, as in despondence, or the like; to support

  3. Sustain(verb)

    to maintain; to keep alive; to support; to subsist; to nourish; as, provisions to sustain an army

  4. Sustain(verb)

    to aid, comfort, or relieve; to vindicate

  5. Sustain(verb)

    to endure without failing or yielding; to bear up under; as, to sustain defeat and disappointment

  6. Sustain(verb)

    to suffer; to bear; to undergo

  7. Sustain(verb)

    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. Sustain(verb)

    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. Sustain(noun)

    one who, or that which, upholds or sustains; a sustainer

Freebase

  1. Sustain

    In music, sustain is a parameter of musical sound over time. As its name implies, it denotes the period of time during which the sound remains before it becomes inaudible, or silent. Additionally, sustain is the third of the four segments in an ADSR envelope. The sustain portion of the ADSR envelope begins when the attack and decay portions have run their course, and continues until the key is released. The sustain control is used to determine the level at which the envelope will remain. While the attack, decay, and release controls are rate or time controls, the sustain control is a level control.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sustain' in Verbs Frequency: #578


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