Definition of "sustain" []

  • To keep in existence; maintain. (verb-transitive)
  • To supply with necessities or nourishment; provide for. (verb-transitive)
  • To support from below; keep from falling or sinking; prop. (verb-transitive)
  • To support the spirits, vitality, or resolution of; encourage. (verb-transitive)
  • To bear up under; withstand: can't sustain the blistering heat. (verb-transitive)
  • To hold up under; withstand (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To undergo (an injury, loss, etc); suffer (verb)
  • To maintain or prolong (verb)
  • To support physically from below (verb)
  • To provide for or give support to, esp by supplying necessities (verb)
  • To keep up the vitality or courage of (verb)
  • To uphold or affirm the justice or validity of (verb)
  • To establish the truth of; confirm (verb)
  • The prolongation of a note, by playing technique or electronics (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "sustain" in a sentence
  • "Because the Bush Administration vowed to keep ‘the war’ going, as in sustain combat activities indefinitely, absent any ultimate victory."
  • "Good starts are great, but being able to sustain is important."
  • "The "mark of difference" that the lyrical ballads sustain is "that each of them has a worthy purpose.""