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noun (n)

  • One who, or that which, upholds or sustains; a sustainer. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • lengthen or extend in duration or space (verb.stative)
    Synonym: keep up, prolong
    We sustained the diplomatic negotiations as long as possible.
    source: wordnet30
  • undergo (as of injuries and illnesses) (verb.body)
    Synonym: get, have, suffer
    source: wordnet30
  • provide with nourishment (verb.consumption)
    Synonym: nourish, nurture
    We sustained ourselves on bread and water.
    source: wordnet30
  • supply with necessities and support (verb.consumption)
    Synonym: keep, maintain
    She alone sustained her family.
    The money will sustain our good cause.
    source: wordnet30
  • be the physical support of; carry the weight of (
    Synonym: hold, hold up, support
    source: wordnet30
  • admit as valid (verb.communication)
    The court sustained the motion.
    source: wordnet30
  • establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts (verb.cognition)
    source: wordnet30
  • 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. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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