What does sustain mean?

Definitions for sustain
səˈsteɪnsus·tain

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word sustain.

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.

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

  2. sustain(Verb)

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

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

  3. sustain(Verb)

    To provide for or nourish (something).

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

  4. sustain(Verb)

    To encourage (something).

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

  5. sustain(Verb)

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

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

  6. sustain(Verb)

    To confirm, prove, or corroborate (something).

    Etymology: 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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sustain

    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. sustinēresub, up, tenēre, to hold.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. sustain

    To sustain is to aid, succor, or support, any body of men in action or defense.

Editors Contribution

  1. sustain

    At a moderate level with a specific, accurate, moderate and sufficient amount or number and ensuring the action is mindful and fair to the environment or planet.

    They did sustain their business easily and efficiently.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 13, 2020  
  2. sustain

    To provide or supply a moderate amount that is fair and just and in order of priority.

    Their income from both their forms of employment can sustain their lifestyle and they are grateful.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 13, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

How to pronounce sustain?

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    Alex
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    Daniel
    Daniel
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    Karen
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    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say sustain in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sustain in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sustain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of sustain in a Sentence

  1. Meghan Trainor:

    I think it’s easier to break. I mean, they’re both very difficult, but for me it was easier to break through than to sustain it, I’ve noticed. Because breaking through, I felt like I wasn’t working and they were just telling me, you have a number one! And, I was like on what, what do you mean? And nowadays, I’m like where are we?

  2. Barry Boden:

    The force of impact and how many concussions athletes sustain are factors, but there are also genetic factors that play into things, you have to follow someone for 30 years, and take into account family history of migraines or other problems.

  3. John Richards:

    This is a logical and unique opportunity that would strengthen our ability to operate over the long term, the deal would breathe new life into the Integra open-cut site and will sustain local employment.

  4. Rodrigue Katembo:

    Virunga National Park brings a lot of different kinds of services that are benefiting the community, for instance you have the protected fisheries where many fishermen are able to sustain their families and are able to have income generation.

  5. Even Gorsuch:

    It was a tough time for the family, i know that prayer, and group prayer, helped sustain him as well as the rest of us.

Images & Illustrations of sustain

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