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"
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"
nourish, nurture, sustain(verb)
provide with nourishment
"We sustained ourselves on bread and water"; "This kind of food is not nourishing for young children"
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"
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?"
admit as valid
"The court sustained the motion"
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"
A mechanism which can be used to hold a note, as the right pedal on a piano.
To maintain (something), or keep it in existence.
To provide for or nourish (something).
To encourage (something).
To experience or suffer (an injury, etc.).
To confirm, prove, or corroborate (something).
Origin: From sustenir (French: soutenir), from sustineo, from sub- + teneo.
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
hence, to keep from sinking, as in despondence, or the like; to support
to maintain; to keep alive; to support; to subsist; to nourish; as, provisions to sustain an army
to aid, comfort, or relieve; to vindicate
to endure without failing or yielding; to bear up under; as, to sustain defeat and disappointment
to suffer; to bear; to undergo
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
to prove; to establish by evidence; to corroborate or confirm; to be conclusive of; as, to sustain a charge, an accusation, or a proposition
one who, or that which, upholds or sustains; a sustainer
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
sus-tān′, v.t. to hold up: to bear: to maintain: to relieve: to prove: to sanction: to prolong.—adjs. Sustain′able, that may be sustained; Sustained′, kept up at one uniform pitch.—ns. Sustain′er, one who, or that which, sustains; Sustain′ment, act of sustaining, sustenance; Sus′tenance, that which sustains: maintenance: provisions.—adj. Sustentac′ular, supporting, pertaining to a Sustentac′ulum, a support or sustaining tissue, esp. an inferior spine of the tarsus in spiders of the genus Epeira.—v.t. Sus′tentāte, to sustain.—n. Sustentā′tion, that which sustains: support: maintenance.—adj. Susten′tative, sustaining.—ns. Sus′tentātor, a sustaining part or structure; Susten′tion, the act of sustaining; Susten′tor, one of two posterior projections of a butterfly-chrysalis.—Sustentation Fund, the scheme by which the ministers of the Free Church of Scotland are supported by voluntary contributions not local or congregational, but with a national altruism or solidarity paid into a great central fund, out of which equal stipends are paid to all alike. [L. sustinēre—sub, up, tenēre, to hold.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'sustain' in Verbs Frequency: #578
The numerical value of sustain in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of sustain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Pretense cannot sustain blind power.
I sustain myself with the love of family
All philosophy lies in two words Sustain and Abstain.
The votes will be there to sustain a veto, no question.
You get much lower than 3, and you can’t sustain life.
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Translations for sustain
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- يبقي, يعول, تحملArabic
- sostenirCatalan, Valencian
- sustentar, sostenerSpanish
- alal hoidmaEstonian
- ylläpitää, pitää yllä, ruokkia, ravita, huoltaaFinnish
- subvenir, maintenirFrench
- in stand houden, onderhoudenDutch
- suster, sustentarPortuguese
- содержать, поддерживать, обеспечиватьRussian
- sürdürmek, muhafaza etmekTurkish
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