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[suh-steyn] /səˈsteɪn/
verb (used with object)
to support, hold, or bear up from below; bear the weight of, as a structure.
to bear (a burden, charge, etc.).
to undergo, experience, or suffer (injury, loss, etc.); endure without giving way or yielding.
to keep (a person, the mind, the spirits, etc.) from giving way, as under trial or affliction.
to keep up or keep going, as an action or process:
to sustain a conversation.
to supply with food, drink, and other necessities of life.
to provide for (an institution or the like) by furnishing means or funds.
to support (a cause or the like) by aid or approval.
to uphold as valid, just, or correct, as a claim or the person making it:
The judge sustained the lawyer's objection.
to confirm or corroborate, as a statement:
Further investigation sustained my suspicions.
Origin of sustain
1250-1300; Middle English suste(i)nen < Anglo-French sustenir, Old French < Latin sustinēre to uphold, equivalent to sus- sus- + -tinēre, combining form of tenēre to hold
Related forms
sustainable, adjective
[suh-stey-nid-lee, -steynd-] /səˈsteɪ nɪd li, -ˈsteɪnd-/ (Show IPA),
sustainingly, adverb
sustainment, noun
nonsustained, adjective
nonsustaining, adjective
presustained, adjective
unsustained, adjective
unsustaining, adjective
well-sustained, adjective
1. carry. See support. 3. bear. 5. maintain. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sustained
  • The belief is that no injury was sustained by either the beat or those on board.
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  • Remember that fluid mechanics is a useful model for explaining sustained vocal fold oscillation, however the process is nonlinear.
  • Managing fisheries on a sustained yield basis has never worked, because the models used aren't ecological to begin with.
  • It is an annual rite that has sustained wildlife ranging from bears to bald eagles.
  • The world is destabilizing faster than it can be sustained.
  • Applicants must have potential to establish a sustained program of scholarly research and potential for teaching excellence.
  • Unfortunately, it may be too early to be sanguine about a sustained recovery in trade and thus in the world economy.
  • During those sustained eruptions, ash mixed with melted snow and ice to create dramatic floods called lahars.
British Dictionary definitions for sustained


verb (transitive)
to hold up under; withstand: to sustain great provocation
to undergo (an injury, loss, etc); suffer: to sustain a broken arm
to maintain or prolong: to sustain a discussion
to support physically from below
to provide for or give support to, esp by supplying necessities: to sustain one's family, to sustain a charity
to keep up the vitality or courage of
to uphold or affirm the justice or validity of: to sustain a decision
to establish the truth of; confirm
(music) the prolongation of a note, by playing technique or electronics
Derived Forms
sustained, adjective
sustainedly (səˈsteɪnɪdlɪ) adverb
sustaining, adjective
sustainingly, adverb
sustainment, noun
Word Origin
C13: via Old French from Latin sustinēre to hold up, from sub- + tenēre to hold
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Word Origin and History for sustained



late 13c., from Old French sustenir "hold up, endure," from Latin sustinere "hold up, support, endure," from sub "up from below" (see sub-) + tenere "to hold" (see tenet). Related: Sustained; sustaining.

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