Definition of SUSTAINS

verb : SUSTAINS

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

    ) 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. (

    ) 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. (

    ) provide with nourishment; "We sustained ourselves on bread and water"; "This kind of food is not nourishing for young children" ;

  • 4. (

    ) 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. (

    ) 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. (

    ) admit as valid; "The court sustained the motion" ;


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