Definitions for sustainsəˈsteɪn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sus•tainsəˈsteɪn(v.t.)

  1. to support, hold, or bear up from below; bear the weight of.

  2. to bear (a burden, charge, etc.).

  3. to undergo or suffer (injury, loss, etc.).

  4. to endure without giving way or yielding.

  5. to keep (a person, the spirits, etc.) from giving way, as under trial or affliction.

  6. to keep up or keep going, as an action or process; maintain:

    to sustain a conversation.

  7. to supply with food, drink, and other necessities of life.

  8. to provide for by furnishing means or funds.

  9. to support by aid or approval.

  10. to uphold as valid, just, or correct:

    The judge sustained the lawyer's objection.

  11. to confirm or corroborate.

Origin of sustain:

1250–1300; < AF sustenir, OF 蠐 L sustinēre to uphold =sus-sus - +-tinēre, comb. form of tenēre to hold

sus•tain′ment(n.)

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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. sustain(verb)əˈsteɪn

    to cause sth to exist or live

    The water was too salty to sustain life.; attempts to sustain the shaky peace

  2. sustainəˈsteɪn

    to make sb or sth able to continue; = maintain

    Can the team sustain this level of performance?; Her hopes sustained her for a while.

  3. sustainəˈsteɪn

    to experience sth damaging

    to sustain serious injuries/damage

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


Translations for sustain

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

sustain(verb)

to bear (the weight of)

The branches could hardly sustain the weight of the fruit.

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