Definition and Meanings for sustain
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Part of Speech of sustain
transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, noun
Etymology of sustain
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.
- one who, or that which, upholds or sustains; a sustainer.