Definition and Meanings for sustain

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Sustain is ranked 3,005 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of sustain

transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, noun

Etymology of sustain

oe. sustenen, susteinen, of. sustenir, sostenir, f. soutenir (the french prefix is properly fr. l. subtus below, fr. sub under), l. sustinere; pref. sus- (see sub-) + tenere to hold. see tenable, and cf. sustenance

Meaning of sustain


as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • 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.

as noun

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